News Briefs: Biden Administration Finalizes Rules Limiting ‘Junk Insurance’ Plans

HHS and the Labor and the Treasury departments on March 28 released final rules pertaining to short-term, limited-duration (STLDI) health plans. Those plans will be limited to last no more than four months, compared to up to three years under the previous rules. The rules will also require issuers of STLDIs “to include a clear, easy-to-understand consumer notice on marketing, application, enrollment, and reenrollment materials, so that consumers can make informed coverage purchasing decisions.” The departments called STLDI plans “junk insurance” and noted they are not subject to consumer protections enacted in the Affordable Care Act, including guaranteeing coverage for people with preexisting conditions.

Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, sent a letter on March 25 to UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty requesting information about the ongoing cyberattack on Change Healthcare, a UnitedHealth subsidiary. Raskin inquired about details such as what data may have been exposed and what policies UnitedHealth has in place to prevent an attack, and he asked Witty to respond to the 12 questions in writing by April 8. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that UnitedHealth said on March 22 that it would start processing its medical claims backlog of more than $14 billion.

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