Trump administration makes it easier to buy alternative to Obamacare

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The administration said the plans can last up to 12 months and will be allowed to be extended to a maximum of three years - reversing Obama-era rules that limited the coverage to no more than three months.

Democrats immediately branded Trump's approach as "junk insurance", and a major insurer group warned that consumers could potentially be harmed.

"It may not cover every condition, but it's a really important option for a lot of people in transition between jobs, those gig economy workers who work on their own as independent contractors or the folks who are struggling with three part-time jobs and don't get insurance through any one employer", Azar said. "We make no representation that it's equivalent coverage".

Short-term plans join "association health plans" for small businesses as the administration promotes lower-cost health care options that cover less. The Obama administration limited the sale of short-term plans to 90-day periods as a stop-gap between more robust plans.

Trump has "waged a relentless effort to use executive action alone to undermine and, ultimately, eliminate the law", the lawsuit claims, violating his constitutional duty to ensure that the laws of the nation are faithfully executed.

Because healthy people are most likely to bolt from the exchanges, expansion of short-term plans will increase federal spending on ACA premium subsidies by $28.2 billion over 10 years, the CMS estimated. Almost nine out of 10 plans sold on the marketplace are subsidized based on an individual's income.

This is pure politics, It overlooks the nature of the plans: they are short-term plans, not for everybody (this is not the plan you would purchase if you have a pre-existing condition), and they fill a niche.

However, Edmund F. Haislmaier, senior health policy researcher of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said people who are already sick and getting Obamacare subsidies will not be affected. They usually exclude coverage for critical health services that consumers have come to expect their policies to cover.

"We fully recognize that these products are not necessarily for everyone, but we do think they will provide an affordable option to many, many people who've been priced out of the current market under the Obamacare regulations", said Randy Pate, a deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

A federal analysis accompanying the new rules estimates that 600,000 extra people will buy such plans next year, increasing to 1.6 million within four years. The cheapest short-term policy can cost only 20% of the least expensive Obamacare bronze plan in an area, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Officials say the plans can now last up to 12 months and be renewed for up to 36 months.

"With the elimination of the fine in 2019 for people lacking Obamacare-compliant coverage, consumers will have only the premium of an Obamacare alternative to consider as opposed to the alternative's premium plus the expense of the fine", Coleman says. As Bloomberg has reported, many short-term plan enrollees have been hit with unexpected costs and denied coverage when seeking benefits.

Ronnell Nolan is CEO of the group Health Agents for America.

These plans can vary premiums based on age, gender, health status, and medical history. "Our clients can't continue to pay rate increases in the double digits".

HHS cited statistics from 2016 when the average short-term plan premium was $124 compared to $393 on the exchanges.

These plans allow people to insure against the risk of catastrophic illnesses, the kinds that can bring financial ruin to a formerly healthy person, without all the bells and whistles-you won't have to insure for services you are unlikely to use.

A return to the pre-ACA days of health insurance is a return to the days of lifetime and annual limits on coverage.

The plans, which have been available for years and were originally created to fill a temporary gap in coverage, will likely be cheaper than Obamacare policies.

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