A day after Trump signed an executive order to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, he has signaled that he is taking another tack on the health care law.
The White House said Friday that the president would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to look into whether the program can be kept on a path to success.
Trump also directed the department to come up with a strategy to make the insurance market more efficient, while also working to “make sure that the people who are most vulnerable to being priced out of the insurance pool get the help they need.”
The president’s order directs the secretary of health and human services to “identify any areas in which the government should improve the efficiency of the Medicaid program.”
Trump also signed a proclamation instructing the U.S. attorney general to launch a probe into whether federal agencies can adequately manage the Medicaid system.
The order directs him to determine whether the Medicaid expansion can continue, and whether it needs to be expanded.
“It is clear that the Medicaid expansions were rushed through Congress without adequate oversight, accountability, or oversight of the program,” Trump said in a statement Friday.
“We must take action to ensure that the programs work as intended.”