Maine tried allowing the sale of health insurance from other states. It didn’t work.

By Jackie Farwell

As part of his plan to reform American health care, President-elect Donald Trump has proposed what sounds like a simple enough idea: Allow health insurance to be sold across state lines.

Health insurance companies can already operate in multiple states, but they tailor their plans to each area where they do business. Trump’s proposal, a perennial favorite of Republicans, would instead allow, say, Anthem to sell the same plan in Maine, Kentucky, and any other state it chooses.

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