‘Short-Term’ Health Plans No Longer Short-Term

On August 1, the Trump Administration released a final rule that will allow insurance companies to offer cheaper “short-term limited duration” health plans for longer periods of time. Short-term plans are cheap for a reason. The plans don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), meaning they aren’t required to cover essential benefits and protect people with preexisting conditions, and they don’t have to adhere to community rating standards. Thus, while short-term plans have been available for years and may …

Court Challenge to Health Care Law a Major Threat for Older Adults and People with Preexisting Health Conditions

Efforts to repeal the new health law continue. A new threat has emerged in the form of a court challenge, Texas v. United States, asserting the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down. With support from a recent brief filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), this challenge pierces the heart of the law’s core protections that were put in place to ensure older adults and people with preexisting conditions have access to comprehensive and affordable health care. The …

MacArthur Amendment to AHCA Would Mean Higher Premiums for Age and Preexisting Conditions

We already know that health insurance legislation known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a bad deal for older Americans ages 50-64. For people who purchase coverage on their own in the individual (nongroup) market and are not yet eligible for Medicare, the bill would significantly increase premiums for all older adults and spike costs dramatically for lower- and moderate-income older adults. Now a bad bill just got worse. The House is considering a new amendment introduced by …

Proposed Tax Credits Raise Affordability Concerns for Older Adults

Did you know that over 3 million older adults ages 50-64 rely on Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credits to purchase health coverage? In fact, pre-ACA, almost half of them were uninsured. These credits help older adults with low to moderate incomes offset some or all of the cost of their health insurance premiums. They are a critical form of financial assistance for those without access to health insurance through an employer or public program. The American Health Care Act …

‘Age Rating’ Is Washington-Speak for Overcharging Older Americans

If you have a hard time understanding what the wonks in Washington are talking about, welcome to the club. Beltway buzzwords are at dime a dozen on Capitol Hill, but there’s one particular term to watch out for that simply means massive health care premium hikes for older Americans. “Age rating” is the practice of varying health insurance premiums based on age. It’s Washington-speak for overcharging older Americans by thousands of dollars for their health care. >> Ge the news …

Protecting Affordable Health Insurance Premiums for Older Adults

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established a 3-to-1 limit on age rating of health insurance premiums, meaning that older adults who purchase coverage on their own cannot be charged more than three times the amount a younger person is charged for the same health plan. This important provision protects consumers by limiting the amount health insurance companies can charge people based on their age. Recently, some have called for weakening or eliminating the ACA’s limit on age rating, which would …