GOP senators push to allow sale of short-term insurance plans

GOP senators push to allow sale of short-term insurance plans

A group of 14 GOP senators want the Trump administration to sell short-term insurance plans while they try to repeal ObamaCare. 

The senators, led by Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Sen. Cassidy plans to bring down Medicaid Senate committee schedules hearing on health care block grants MORE (Wis.), ask Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to reverse a rule issued by the Obama administration last year that limited these plans to three months or less. 

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"These plans have offered great value to people, real protection and broad provider networks," the senators wrote in a letter to Price.  

Short-term insurance plans generally don't cover the same benefits that ObamaCare-compliant plans are required to, like pre-existing conditions, prescription drugs and maternity care. 

These less comprehensive plans typically cost less than ObamaCare plans because they cover fewer services.  

The senators note that counties in some states are slated to have zero insurers on the ObamaCare exchanges in 2018. 

"At a time when many states are on the brink of losing individual insurance carriers, it is urgent that consumers in those areas are provided with more, not fewer, health insurance options to choose from," the letter says.