Experts Expect Small Decrease in ACA Premiums From New Short-Term Plan Limits

In a new proposed regulation, the Biden administration seeks to reinstate limits on short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans that the Trump administration had loosened — a move that health policy experts predict will have a small but positive effect on the Affordable Care Act-compliant plan market.

But HHS and the Labor and Treasury departments didn’t stop there — they also proposed changes to hospital and fixed indemnity policies and sought comments on whether they should address the proliferation of level-funded plans in future rulemaking.

“I thought that was interesting,” says Katherine Hempstead, senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “That seems like kind of an effort to, as much as possible, tidy up all those shards of business in the marketplace that are not good for the ACA-compliant market — either the individual or small group [segment].”

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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