Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance and Independent, Noncoordinated Excepted Benefits Coverage Final Rules Released on March 28, 2024

On Thursday, March 28, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) released the Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance and Independent, Noncoordinated Excepted Benefits Coverage, or “Junk Insurance,” Final Rules.

The Biden-Harris Administration is closing loopholes to prevent health insurance companies from misleading consumers into buying health plans that discriminate based on pre-existing conditions and that provide little or no coverage when consumers need it the most. Short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) is a type of health insurance that is typically designed to fill temporary gaps in coverage when an individual is transitioning from one source of coverage to another. Unlike most health insurance plans, STLDI plans are not subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) critical consumer protections, including guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and prohibiting discrimination based on health status, age, or gender. This final rule will limit these “short-term” plans to truly short time periods, no more than four months instead of three years.

For more information on the final rules, you may read the fact sheet, here.

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