AHL’s TOP STORY: Overhaul Could Cause 20M To Lose, or 3M To Gain, Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage, CBO Study Finds
The federal health reform law could result in 20 million U.S. residents losing employer-sponsored health coverage or three million individuals gaining such coverage in 2019, according to a Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation report released yesterday, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports.
The numbers reflect worst- and best-case scenarios and are subject to a “tremendous amount of uncertainty,” according to the report. The report notes that the best estimate is that between three million and five million fewer U.S. residents will obtain coverage through their employer annually between 2019 and 2022 (Pecquet, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 3/15). However, the report notes that a “sharp decline” in individuals with employer-sponsored coverage is “unlikely,” and even if it did it “would not dramatically increase the cost” to the federal budget.
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