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Consumer Reports Investigates ‘Junk’ U.S. Health Plans (02/07/12) Mikaela Conley

Consumer Reports is warning against “mini-med” health care plans that offer limited benefits. “Mini-meds appeal to large employers in industries such as retail, food service, and temporary staffing,” says Nancy Metcalf, senior program editor at Consumer Reports.

Robert Zirkelbach of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association representing the health insurance industry, says, “For many seasonal, part-time, and temporary workers, these types of plans are their only source of affordable health care coverage.”