CBO Estimates Dramatic Increases In Uninsured, Premiums with ACA Repeal
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on Tuesday estimating dramatic increases in the number of uninsured people and in monthly premium costs if Congress repeals the ACA with legislation similar to last year’s repeal efforts. The report found that in the first year after repeal, the number of uninsured would increase by 18 million, premiums would increase between 20-25 percent, and that half of the nation’s population would live in an area with no insurer participation in the individual market. CBO’s estimate does not consider coverage or premiums resulting under any transitional or replacement policies that could be passed along with or soon after an ACA repeal bill.
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Governors Join Discussion on Health Care Repeal and Replace
On Thursday, Republican and Democratic governors and lieutenant governors from across the country joined the debate on plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Republican state leaders met in a closed-door meeting with Congressional leadership to discuss potential changes to the Medicaid program including the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, program sustainability and avenues to greater flexibility. Meanwhile, Democratic governors on Thursday recirculated a letter to congressional leaders opposing the repeal of ACA provisions without a replacement.
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