Washington, D.C., May 21, 2019 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement regarding the release of the No Junk Plans Act, a bill that would reverse a rule finalized by the Administration last year that allowed short-term, limited-duration insurance plans to be sold alongside ACA-compliant health insurance plans. This is the Senate companion to H.R. 1010.
“This legislation would reverse the administration’s efforts to expand short-term, limited-duration insurance plans, which discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions, lack coverage for essential health benefits, increase deductibles and place harsh limitations on benefits.
“Patients with short-term plans run the risk of accumulating excessive medical bills or even forgoing critical care because of cost.
“We opposed this rule before it was finalized by the Administration and are grateful that lawmakers, including Senators Baldwin and Jones, are working hard to protect patients from short-term plans. We urge lawmakers to support this legislation and put an immediate stop to the short-term rule.”
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