4 Takeaways As Trump Admin. Backs Skimpy Health Policies

By Jeff Overley (February 20, 2018, 9:19 PM EST) -- The Trump administration's action on Tuesday to allow lengthier sales of skimpy health insurance policies will deal another blow to Affordable Care Act marketplaces, but the impact will depend greatly on whether states play ball. Here are four takeaways on what to watch.

Fewer Benefits, Lower Costs

Tuesday's action came in a proposed rule on "short-term, limited duration insurance" that is largely exempt from the ACA's mandatory benefits and consumer protections. The rule would allow such insurance to be sold for 12-month coverage periods, as opposed to the current limit of three months.

The rule, which stems from an October executive order,...

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