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- Letter comes in response to HealthCare.gov's promotion of third-party online brokers that sell short-term 'junk' plans
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"We are extremely concerned that the increased availability of junk plans and lack of oversight by CMS will cause consumers who believe they are purchasing ACA-compliant health plans to inadvertently sign-up for junk plan coverage that is less comprehensive and could expose them to higher out-of-pocket costs. Americans who purchase these junk plans risk being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions and left vulnerable to unexpected gaps in coverage and massive medical bills in the case of health care emergencies," the senators wrote.
"We are calling on HHS and CMS to take action to limit the availability of junk plans and take steps to ensure that consumers using HealthCare.gov are being offered comprehensive health insurance, receiving premium tax credits, and being enrolled in Medicaid, if eligible. Furthermore, CMS should take action to hold insurance brokers accountable when they mislead HealthCare.gov customers and misrepresent junk plans as safe alternatives to ACA-complaint health insurance coverage. During this year's Open Enrollment period, it is essential that you act fast in order to protect consumers."
The letter was also signed by Senators
The full text of the letter can be found HERE (https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2019-11-20-Letter%20to%20HHS%20OIG%20and%20CCIIO%20on%20Junk%20Plans%20and%20Brokers.pdf).