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Questionable Health Insurance Plans Cause Concern

Officials worry that people with no insurance will be drawn in by questionable health insurance plans. ABC News reports: The "[h]ealth care overhaul is stalled, resulting in a proliferation of plans that don't fully protect people, officials said. Watchdogs worry about two kinds of plans in particular." They point to the health discount cards "that say they get you cut rates on medical services but are not widely accepted." Also of concern "are limited-benefit plans that offer such skimpy coverage that a serious medical problem could still leave you stuck with enormous bills. ... Critics said it's hard to find providers that participate in these programs, and that the discounts are tiny" (Leamy, Weber and Evans, 2/2).

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