Gov. Kelly vetoes bill on ‘short-term’ health plans

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed legislation that would extend the duration of short-term health plans to that don't guarantee coverage of pre-existing conditions and don't comply with standards of the Affordable Care Act.

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April 14, 2022 - 3:14 PM

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed legislation Monday extending the duration of short-term health plans that don’t guarantee consumers coverage for pre-existing conditions and don’t comply with standards of the federal Affordable Care Act.

The Kansas Legislature passed a bill that would make it legal to sign up for this form of “short-term” health plan for 36 months, which would match federal regulations adopted during the term of President Donald Trump. Under current Kansas law, individuals can extend a one-year contract for 12 months.

The Democratic governor rejected a comparable bill in 2021, and both actions were endorsed by the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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