February 14, 2019

Short-Term Insurance Plans Would Be Limited By Proposed Bill

Article origination IPBS-RJC
Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Last year the federal government rolled back rules that restricted short-term health insurance plans. These plans do not have to comply with protections under the Affordable Care Act, including pre-existing conditions.

A state insurance committee this week advanced a bill that would limit these plans to under a year.

Mark Fairchild, policy director with Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, says it would also help consumer understanding.

"So, they are really just in place where they'd be filling a gap and they would have a specific consumer disclosure about what is and isn't covered by the plans," Fairchild says.

The plans usually cover hospital and emergency costs related to a serious accident, but may include additional restrictions.

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