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Lawmakers introduce bill to allow use of ACA subsidies to buy off-exchange plans

Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have introduced a bill that will allow people to use their Affordable Care Act subsidies to buy any state-approved health plan if they have no option to purchase health insurance on ACA exchanges in 2018.

The Health Care Options Act of 2017 would give that option to people who live in counties that are certified by the Health and Human Services Secretary as having zero options on the ACA exchange.

The measure would also waive the ACA's requirement to purchase a specific health plan or pay a penalty. The legislation's temporary authority would only be in place through the end of the 2019 plan year.