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The Value of Short-Term Health Plans: Rebutting the Energy and Commerce Democratic Staff Report

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Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

Although a Trump administration rule expanding Americans’ ability to benefit from short-term limited-duration insurance plans (short-term plans) was recently upheld by the District of Columbia appeals court, these plans are unpopular with many members of Congress. As such, there is a threat that the millions of people with these plans may no longer be able to benefit from them in the future.

A June 2020 report by the Democratic staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee describes concerns about short-term limited duration health insurance plans (short-term plans), The report concludes that these plans represent “a threat to the health and financial well-being of American families” and “a bad deal for consumers.”

For the full-text article, visit Health Affairs.

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