Fierce Healthcare June 29, 2022
Robert King

Completely eliminating premiums for low-income Affordable Care Act exchange customers that pay a very small amount a month could boost coverage by 48,000 this year, a new analysis finds. 

The analysis released Wednesday by the Brookings Institute comes as Congress is debating whether to renew enhanced subsidies that ensured some ACA customers paid nothing in premiums or a small amount.

The subsidies passed as part of the American Rescue Plan Act are expected to expire after this year.
Brookings’ analysis said that even requiring customers to pay even a small amount such as a few dollars a month can lead to enrollment declines. 

“That is likely because remitting a premium involves significant cognitive and hassle costs, which can cause enrollees...

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Topics: ACA (Affordable Care Act), Congress / White House, Govt Agencies, Insurance, Medicaid, Patient / Consumer
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