Trump administration lets consumers skip

Modern Healthcare: The Trump administration took another step Wednesday toward deregulating federal insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.

For coverage in 2018, consumers can buy an ACA-approved plan directly from a broker or an insurer's website instead of having to go through, the CMS announced. The news comes just two days after small businesses were given permission to skip the federal marketplace to sign their employees up for SHOP coverage.

"The administration does seem to be moving to privatize health insurance enrollment to a greater extent," said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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