Aetna has told consumers it will accept their own cards in an effort to make the company’s network more efficient and easier to use.
The company, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, said it will begin offering its own card to help customers manage their costs in 2018.
The move comes after the Federal Trade Commission in December said it would issue regulations prohibiting health insurers from making their own card.
Aetna said in a statement that it will make its own Card in 2018 and that the company is working with other companies to ensure their cards work well.
It also said it is providing a free online tool for consumers to get started with billing.
Aetana’s move comes amid an intensifying battle over the future of the Affordable Care Act.
A Republican-led Congress has been pushing to dismantle or scrap the ACA, known as Obamacare, which has expanded health coverage to more than 10 million people.
In March, President Donald Trump said he wanted to repeal the ACA before it was repealed.