Trump's short-term health plans are cheaper but cover less

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"That's what makes this case novel, first of its kind and really important", Abbe Gluck, a Yale University law professor and expert on Article II, told NBC.

In a press release, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says, "These plans aren't for everyone, but they can provide a much more affordable option for millions of the forgotten men and women left out by the current system". "We make no representation that it's equivalent coverage". The plans can skirt Affordable Care Act requirements around preexisting conditions and essential health benefits.

The Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010 under Democratic President Barack Obama. Major insurer UnitedHealthcare is marketing short-term plans.

The new plan will not require insurers to cover prescription drugs, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, maternity care or people with pre-existing conditions.

The Trump administration's approach is expected to please brokers and the insurers that offer the coverage. "If there's ever going to be a violation of the "take care" clause, this is it". The IHC Group is an organization of insurance carriers headquartered in Stamford, Conn.

Schumer said Democrats will introduce a resolution to rescind the rule using the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to revoke an administration regulation with a simple majority any time up to 60 legislative days after it is published in the Federal Register.

Only 106,000 people were on short-term health plans at the end of 2016, according to the administration. Also, 300,000 people who now buy individual market polices outside of the Obamacare exchanges will switch to short-term plans and another 100,000 uninsured folks will purchase them next year.

Just over 14 million people are enrolled in ACA plans this year. They can include dollar limits on coverage.

She said consumers could be harmed by slimmed-down policies that don't provide comprehensive coverage.

In an April analysis, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the short-term plans sold by two online private insurance marketplaces, eHealth and Agile Health, often charge one-fifth the premiums for the lowest-run ACA health plans. Since the Republican-led Congress was unable to repeal large parts of the statute a year ago, the administration has ended a significant subsidy for ACA insurers and slashed federal spending on advertising and in-person help to encourage consumers to sign up through insurance marketplaces created by the law. All have warned that consumers with bare-bones plans would be stranded when they need care - and that the defection of low-priced customers from ACA marketplaces would drive up prices for those who remain. The Obama administration limited the sale of short-term plans to 90-day periods as a stop-gap between more robust plans. According to a report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the policies paid out an average 55 percent of their premiums in actual health care past year.

Smedsrud said most plans restrict coverage for those who have sought treatment for a pre-existing condition over the past five years. The tax bill approved past year by Congress stops this financial penalty as of 2019. In fact, some consumers with these plans have complained that they've been hit with unexpected expenses.

HHS issued a final rule on short-term health plans August 1.

Officials say the plans can now last up to 12 months and be renewed for up to 36 months.

The plans are aimed at people who earn more than four times the federal poverty threshold and therefore don't qualify for federal subsidies to help pay premiums for policies sold on the ACA exchanges. As a result, people who buy such policies have risked a tax penalty that the law places on those who violate the coverage mandate.

The plans, which have been available for years and were originally created to fill a temporary gap in coverage, will likely be cheaper than Obamacare policies.

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