The Trump administration issued new insurance rules early Wednesday to encourage more Americans to buy inexpensive, skimpy health plans originally designed for short-term use.
The policies will be available for 12 months at a time, up from a current limit of three, and customers will be able to renew them for additional years. The short-term plans do not have to cover pre-existing conditions and certain kinds of health care that the Affordable Care Act requires.
Topher Spiro, vice president for health policy at the liberal Center for American Progress, derided the health plans as “junk insurance” and “the Trump University equivalent of health insurance.”
And the American Lung Association’s president, Harold Wimmer, said short-term policies provide inadequate coverage for people with disases such as asthma or lung cancer. “Lung disease patients need access to treatment to be able to breathe,” he said in a statement.