The Trump administration is trying to make health insurance affordable again. That's the aim of a regulation issued earlier this month by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


The new rule would give states greater leeway over how they comply with ObamaCare's essential health benefits, or EHB, mandate, which requires all insurance policies to cover a group of ten categories of healthcare services.

Relaxing ObamaCare's rules is a far cry from the full-scale repeal Republicans promised over the last eight years and especially during the 2016 campaign.

But with Congress seemingly unwilling to take up healthcare reform before this November's mid-term elections, incremental regulatory tweaks from the administration are the best that Americans desperate for affordable coverage can hope for.

Emily Brandon is the senior editor for Retirement at U.S. News. She has been writing about retirement and aging issues for over a decade. Her best retirement tips are collected in the new book Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement. You can contact her on Twitter, circle her on Google+ or email her at [email protected]