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Administration Push for Alternative Coverage Options Will Mean Higher Marketplace Premiums and Fewer Consumer Protections

Alternative coverage options fewer consumer protections

The Trump administration’s proposed regulations encouraging the sale of inexpensive, bare-bones health plans that do not comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefit requirements or consumer protections could siphon healthy enrollees from the insurance marketplaces, leaving them with a smaller, sicker group of enrollees. And this could mean higher premiums and fewer plan options for people remaining in the individual market. A new Commonwealth Fund report by Kevin Lucia and colleagues at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute examines these “alternative coverage arrangements” — including short-term plans, association health plans, and health care sharing ministries — and the actions states have taken to regulate them.

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