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A new study from the General Accounting Office (GAO) said that it is not clear whether short-term insurance plans were a good option for those who lost health insurance during the pandemic.

A lack of data on these short-term plans, which have a politically controversial history, hindered government regulators from assessing their effectiveness for both employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) plans and those offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the study said.

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