ROCKBRIDGE, VA - Delegate Ben Cline (R-24) today applauded President Donald Trump’s executive order that tasks his administration with developing policies and regulations to increase competition and choice in health care. The executive order, which would encourage the purchase of health insurance across state lines through the development of nationwide association health plans, is similar to legislation introduced by Delegate Cline and passed by the Virginia House of Delegates earlier this year.
"Families and working individuals across Virginia continue to face challenges when it comes to the rising costs of health care,” said Cline. “I am pleased that the President has taken this important step. Encouraging the purchase of insurance across state lines has been a priority of mine in Richmond, and this step by the President will expand opportunities for Americans to purchase a quality, affordable health insurance policy that is right for them.”
The executive order is similar to legislation introduced by Delegate Cline during the 2017 General Assembly session. House Bill 2233, which passed the House of Delegates but was ultimately defeated in the Senate, would have authorized any out-of-state health insurer to sell individual or group health benefit plans in the Commonwealth if it is approved to sell such plans in the foreign health insurer's domiciliary state. The measure established requirements applicable to such sales, including registration, disclosures, compliance with marketing standards, and financial condition.
Cline represents the 24th House District, including the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Bath County, Rockbridge County, and parts of Amherst and Augusta Counties. He was elected in 2002, and re-elected to his eighth term in November 2015. Cline is a member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Courts of Justice Committee.