U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington D.C. has ruled that short-term, limited-duration health insurance plan expansions are approved to move forward. In a court ruling, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans had attempted top strike down the Trump Administration’s motion to expand the short-term plans, but had lost in the ruling.
The Association for Community Affiliated Plans are planning to appeal Judge Leon’s ruling, as the group strongly advocates the health plans in the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges, as these plans are not-for-profit.
Since Congress has took down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate that removes the penalty for those who are uninsured, the short-term health plans seem like a more advantageous option, as the health plans in the Affordable Care Act exchanges have a higher premium in their options.
Judge Leon stated that “In other words, lawmakers were not rigidly pursuing the ACA-compliant market at all costs, e.g. at the risk of individuals going without insurance.”
The rule originally allowed for individuals to receive health coverage for up to 12 months via the short-term plans, with the option to renew the coverage for up to 36 months. These plans aren’t required to cover those with pre-existing conditions and are not subject to the Affordable Care Act’s mandates.
Read the original article from Modern Healthcare here.