D.C. Appeals Court Upholds Short-Term Plan Rule

A Trump administration rule expanding the availability of short-term, limited duration (STLD) health insurance plans will continue after an appeals court panel ruled 2-1 against a suit brought by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). A July 17 statement by ACAP CEO Margaret Murray suggests the trade group for safety net health plans is likely to continue pursuing the case.

“We are disappointed in the court’s decision but remain firm in our belief that junk insurance plans violate both the Affordable Care Act and the Administrative Procedure Act,” Murray wrote in the statement. ACAP has the option of petitioning the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case en banc, which would bring every member of the circuit’s bench together to hear the suit again. Murray’s statement indicates ACAP is likely to pursue that option. “We’re confident the full D.C. Circuit will agree,” Murray added.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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