Trump Administration to changes rules for short-term health insurance plans

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The Trump Administration is moving forward with plans to change the rules for short-term health insurance plans.

Short-term health insurance plans are less expensive and cover people who are unemployed or don’t have other insurance options. Critics say expanding short-term plans is yet another attempt to gut Obamacare.

“The Trump administration is to try to accomplish administratively what they can’t legislatively,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said.

Currently, people can get short-term health plans for up to 90 days, the proposed rule change would expand the plans for up to one year.

Short-term plans typically don’t cover prescriptions drugs, maternity care and some say they’re discriminatory because they don’t cover people with preexisting conditions.

“I’m going to do everything I can to block these junk insurance policies.”

“That’s partly what allows it to keep the premium between $100-$200 a month,” Jan Dubauskas, General Counsel for Healthedeals.com, said.

Dubauskas says the company is the largest seller of short-term insurance plans.

“We just think that the Democrats don’t have all the information and we’re happy to talk further about it.”

She says the plans aren’t meant to be a replacement for comprehensive coverage. Instead, they’re a cheaper alternative to COBRA.

“We don’t feel short-term medical competes with ACA in any way.”

Critics say short terms plans do compete with Affordable Care Act plans, precisely because they’re cheaper.

They say expanding the plans, will create a sicker pool of ACA enrollees, causing prices to skyrocket and Obamacare unravels.

If the rule change is approved, the one-year short-term plans are expected to be available mid-summer.

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