Umbrella protecting from rain TheTrump administration has promoted short-term health plans asless-expensive alternatives to ACA coverage, though the plans donot have to provide the same level of benefits. (Image:Shutterstock)

House Democrats sent letters to 12 insurance companies seekinginformation about health coverage they sell that critics refer toas “junk plans.”

President Donald Trump's administration last year expanded the availability of short-term,limited-duration health plans. Companies that received lettersWednesday from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman FrankPallone of New Jersey and other committee leaders include AnthemInc., UnitedHealth Group Inc., Health Insurance Innovations Inc.and closely held Cambia Health Solutions.

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