A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration’s expansion of health insurance plans that don’t meet ObamaCare’s coverage requirements.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled against the insurance companies that sued the administration in an attempt to block the rules.
“Not only is any potential negative impact from the 2018 rule minimal, but its benefits are undeniable,” Leon wrote about the regulations.
The plans aims to “minimize the harm and expense” for individuals who might otherwise decide not to purchase insurance because of high premiums, Leon added.
The Trump administration issued a regulation last year allowing short-term health care plans to last up to 12 months instead of three. These plans were originally intended as an option for individuals who need to bridge a gap in health insurance coverage.
But the administration extended the length of time they can be sold to provide customers with more affordable options.