WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2018 – The American Heart Association is calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the Congressional Review Act resolution introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on short-term, limited-duration insurance plans. The resolution would reverse a rule finalized by the White House in August that allowed short-term plans to be sold alongside ACA-compliant health insurance plans and renewed for up to 3 years.
The association issued the following statement:
“We urge senators to act before recess and reject this unprecedented expansion of short-term health plans. Short-term plans do not cover pre-existing conditions or essential health benefits, and they put patients at risk of having to pay huge medical bills or going without critical care.
“We strongly opposed the short-term rule when it was proposed earlier this year and were deeply disappointed when the administration ignored these concerns when it finalized the rule in August.
“We urge lawmakers to intercede and put an immediate stop to the short-term rule while taking steps to stabilize the individual insurance market. Patients with serious and life-threatening conditions cannot afford to wait.”
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