The Trump administration took an important next step toward unwinding ObamaCare and providing patients with access to affordable health coverage with the release of a new proposal this morning that would expand access to short-term health insurance plans.
The proposal, submitted by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, would restore pre-Obama era 12-month limits on short-term plans. The administration projects that between 100,000 and 200,000 individuals currently enrolled in Obamacare plans would select a short-term plan in 2019.
“People are making the choice to drop coverage rather than struggle to pay too-expensive premiums,” FGA president and CEO Tarren Bragdon said. “In fact, two million off-exchange and unsubsidized enrollees dropped out of the market from 2016 to 2017. This shows the real need and demand for quality, lower cost coverage. The proposed rule will do just that by providing access to short-term health plans, which often have lower premiums, lower deductibles, and more open provider networks than traditional individual health insurance.”
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