Bill looking to extend short term health coverage sparks controversy

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Mo. — When a lapse in medical care threatens your health, a short term policy may be an option you consider. 

State lawmakers in Missouri are looking at ways to make that coverage last longer.

A Senate committee heard arguments today about a bill that would extend short term coverage to a year.

Right now, it’s six months.

But, there is a change not everyone is happy with.

The bill would allow those policies to opt out of covering serious health issues like diabetes, HIV, or mental health treatment.

Groups such as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association are not in favor of this bill.

They say allowing the short term policies to exempt crucial medical coverage would be devastating to patients.

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