Skinny may be an alternative to mini-med coverage for some employers

07/16/2013 | Politico (Washington, D.C.)

Some employers will be offering so-called skinny health insurance plans as Affordable Care Act rules phase out mini-med plans that offered minimal coverage. Skinny plans will fully cover preventive care and will not include coverage caps, and some may offer limited hospitalization or surgical benefits, a specific number of doctor visits and a prescription drug benefit. The plans are relatively inexpensive and protect employers from ACA penalties, but many employers will delay providing any coverage at all until 2015, says Andy Anderson, health division leader at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Chicago.

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