HHS Clamps Down On Mini-Med Insurance Plans

Law360, New York (December 10, 2010, 4:07 PM EST) -- Health insurers will have to curtail sales of so-called mini-med plans and tell consumers that the plans only offer extremely limited benefits, new U.S. government guidelines say.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' guidance, released Thursday, spells out the requirements for consumers and insurers who offer mini-med plans — stripped-down insurance products with low annual dollar limits and premiums — until they are completely phased out by 2014.

In the meantime, however, the government has given some group health plans and insurers temporary one-year...
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