Rep. Ted Budd Proposes Bill to Increase Healthcare Flexibility
Washington, February 3, 2021
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Reps. Ted Budd (R-NC) and Dr. Andy Harris (R-MD) introduced the Flexibility Through Lower Expenses Health Care (FLEX) Act.
The bill codifies into law the Trump Administration’s rules on Short Term Limited Duration Insurance and Association Health Plans. Specifically, the bill allows small businesses to band together to purchase affordable plans and gives consumers the freedom to purchase low-cost, short-term plans if they need to.
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“In the wake of the Biden Administration’s attempt to dismantle the Trump Administration’s good work on healthcare, Congress must act to preserve these reforms to ensure that more Americans achieve healthcare freedom and aren’t forced to buy products they don’t need. My bill would allow small businesses and self-employed workers the chance to purchase affordable health insurance by banding together as one large entity. The FLEX Act would also open the door for anyone to purchase temporary insurance coverage for up to one year. Bottom line: This gives more people more healthcare options. That’s what healthcare freedom is all about.”
Dr. Harris said in a statement:
“As a physician, I know how critical it is to average consumers to be able to purchase a health insurance plan that fits their specific needs. I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation which will codify Trump Administration rules allowing small businesses to jointly purchase affordable plans and give consumers the freedom to purchase low-cost, short-term plans fitting their needs. Especially given the current administration’s attacks on sound, substantive policy during the Trump years, this bill will protect plans that offer more choices and affordable costs.”