Basic Health Care Program & the Affordable Care Act

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores the issues surrounding the Basic Health Program, an option that states have under the Affordable Care Act to offer health insurance coverage for people whose family incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

This program would allow states to offer an alternative form of coverage that could cushion the effects of “churning”–that is, having a situation in which individuals’ and families’ incomes fluctuate, and they end up moving back and forth between Medicaid coverage and eligibility to purchase more costly private health insurance available through new state health insurance exchanges.

Read the complete brief on the Health Affairs web site.

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