Government moves to curb short-term health insurance to boost Obamacare risk pool

Employee benefits consultant broker New Jersey

Short-term health insurance soon could get a whole lot shorter.

Federal officials Wednesday moved to improve the financial outlook of Obamacare insurance plans by calling for limits on increasingly popular short-term health plans that are siphoning off healthier customers from coverage sold both on government marketplaces and outside those exchanges.

The government’s move would limit short-term health coverage for an individual to less than three months each year and bar renewal, as opposed to the almost 12-month term that some of those non-Obamacare-compliant plans are offering, along with a chance to renew.

The proposed rule, one of several moves announced Wednesday, is designed to nudge those healthier customers now in short-term plans into Obamacare plans sold on and outside of government-run exchanges, and improve their so-called risk pool, by balancing out less-healthy customers.

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