House Committee Paints Damning Picture of Short-Term Plans

More than a year after they began probing health insurers and brokers for information to fuel an investigation of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans, Democratic leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee released a report concluding that this market’s growth has come at the expense of consumers who are often duped into purchasing bare-bones coverage.

Policy experts, however, disagree about what conclusions can actually be drawn from the latest salvo in an ongoing debate over alternatives to Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange plans.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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