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.

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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.

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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]