Appeals court weighs legality of ‘junk’ insurance plans amid COVID-19 outbreak

March 20, 2020, Modern Healthcare, Rachel Cohrs – Federal appellate judges on Friday questioned Congress’ intent for the role of short-term, limited-duration plans in the health insurance marketplace while weighing whether the Trump administration’s 2018 expansion of the plans was legal. The oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit came amid renewed focus on requirements for short-term, limited duration health plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plans are not required to cover COVID-19 testing without cost-sharing like comprehensive public and private insurance plans, can impose lifetime dollar limits on benefits and can deny coverage based on preexisting conditions.

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