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April 2018

Webinar: Protecting Health Insurance Consumers at the State Level: Short-Term Plans and Beyond

The Trump administration wants to expand the sale of “short-term limited duration plans” that do not have to comply with the consumer protections afforded under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On April 26, 2018, Families USA held a webinar about measures that states can take to protect health insurance consumers and markets from the expansion of sham short-term health plans.

Companies selling these plans can make large profits at consumers’ expense, and the plans do not have to cover preexisting conditions, provide essential health benefits, include adequate provider networks, or comply with a host of other key protections, as we describe in Seven Reasons the Trump Administration's Short-Term Health Plans Are Harmful to Families. If many young and healthy people are drawn into these plans, the plans will undermine the market for real coverage, driving up prices of plans that do provide comprehensive coverage sold in the marketplaces.

Now is the time to take action to prevent short-term plans from harming consumers and insurance markets throughout the country. In this webinar we describe how advocates, consumers, and states can take action to address this harmful policy.

Speakers included: 

  • Cheryl Fish-Parcham, Director of Access Initiatives, Families USA
  • Dania Palanker, Assistant Research Professor, Georgetown Center for Health Insurance Reforms
  • Kathy Wailgora, Director, Health Reform Initiative, EverThrive Illinois
  • Claire McAndrew, Director of Campaign Strategy, Families USA