How health providers, consumers could be impacted by latest Trump administration move against ACA

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Here's what insurers, health providers, and consumers may need to consider in light of the Trump administration's recent move not to defend certain key provisions of the ACA. (Getty/SuwanPhoto)

While the Trump Administration's latest challenge to the ACA is expected to be tied up in the courts for years, it could still have some more immediate impacts on insurers, health providers and consumers.

On Thursday evening, the Trump administration submitted a legal filing saying it would not "defend the constitutionality" of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in support of a lawsuit filed by Republican-led states filed a lawsuit earlier this year.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the position that provisions such as the individual mandate and protections for patients with pre-existing conditions should be invalidated starting in January 2019.

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While not a surprising position, it does raise plenty of questions.

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