3. Company selling short-term plans sued
A Florida-based company that sells short-term insurance plans has been sued by 2 patients who claim they were misled about what kind of coverage they were getting, NYT reports.
- The policyholders say they thought they were buying Affordable Care Act plans with coverage guarantees from the company, Health Insurance Innovations.
- But they weren't. Instead, they ended up with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status and estimate that up to 500,000 people may have bought the plans.
- Health Insurance Innovations told NYT the lawsuit is meritless.
This is what critics feared when the administration expanded short-term plans, which aren't required to cover a comprehensive set of benefits and can leave patients vulnerable if they get sick.
- But supporters say the move expanded access to cheaper options.