ACA Sign States can now cut back on the 10 essential health benefits mandated by the ACA for policies sold on the marketplace. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Additional changes to the Affordable Care Act issued by the Trump administration have further diminished the individual mandate by creating new exceptions to penalties and have also shunted coverage standards from federal requirements to the states.

The Washington Post reports that there are two new exemptions to the individual mandate requiring coverage. Not only can would-be purchasers of coverage who live in areas where only a single insurer offers plans on the marketplace qualify for a “hardship exemption,” so can people who oppose abortion living in places where the only coverage available provides abortion coverage.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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