PHOENIX — With Gov. Doug Ducey clearing the way for an expansion of short-term health insurance plans, Arizona's former health director warns on this weekend's "Sunday Square Off" that the policies carry enormous risks for people who buy them.

Last week, Ducey signed into law a bill allowing insurers to sell these short-term plans— usually offering six months of coverage— for longer terms of up to three years.

The Trump administration allowed the longer terms last year, after failing to repeal Obamacare in Congress.

Supporters say the short-term plans are a cheaper alternative to Obamacare.

But critics label them "junk" insurance with stripped-down coverage that doesn't include pre-existing conditions.

Also on Square Off:

  • Will Congressman Ruben Gallego run in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate? A political insider has the answer.
  • Why the permanent early voter list might not be permanent for much longer, if the Legislature's Republicans have their way.

"Sunday Square Off" airs at 8 a.m. Sundays on 12 News, after "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd.

Buyer beware: Ducey clears way for more 'junk' insurance policies

Ruben Gallego running for U.S. Senate, per political insider

Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Phoenix is planning to announce his run for the U.S. Senate next month, according to a political insider. Whom would Republican Sen. Martha McSally rather face in 2020: Gallego or former astronaut Mark Kelly?

Arizona's permanent voter list might get less permanent

If you cast a ballot in a recent election, chances are good that you're on the permanent early voter list for mail-in ballots. But some lawmakers want to make that list less permanent—a  and there's a warning that hundreds of thousands of voters could be knocked off the list.