News Briefs: Biden Admin Moves to Limit Short-Term Health Plans

CMS on July 7 unveiled a long-awaited regulation that would crack down on short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI), which some consumer advocates — and the Biden administration — refer to as “junk plans.” Designed to fill a temporary gap in insurance coverage, STLDI plans are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s rules for comprehensive coverage, allowing them, for example, to deny coverage for preexisting conditions and set lifetime and annual dollar limits on coverage. The Obama administration capped the duration of such plans at three months and limited their renewability, but a 2018 rule from the Trump administration allowed STLDI plans to cover individuals for up to 364 days and be renewed for up to 36 months. If finalized, the Biden administration’s notice of proposed rulemaking would return to the Obama-era three-month limit for SLTDI plans’ initial contract period, and it would set the maximum coverage period at four months, taking into account any renewals or extensions.

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