Reducing Health Insurance Churning

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<p>Churning in health insurance enrollment has long been a problem for many people, as changes in their life circumstances create a cycle of losing and regaining eligibility for coverage. For millions of Americans, the Affordable Care Act means an end to the worst form of churning—the loss of insurance coverage entirely. But the law also introduces a new risk: individuals and families with changes in income may move back and forth between Medicaid and subsidized marketplace coverage. </p><p>In a <a href="/publications/issue-briefs/2014/jun/mitigating-effects-churning-under-affordable-care-act-lessons">new issue brief</a>, researchers from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services offer a variety of strategies to ease coverage transitions and help keep people insured at all times. These include the use of Medicaid dollars to subsidize the purchase of private plans through the marketplaces, and allowing adults and children to enroll in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program continuously for 12 months.</p>
<p>To read more, visit <a href="/publications/issue-briefs/2014/jun/mitigating-effects-churning-under-affordable-care-act-lessons">The Commonwealth Fund</a>.</p>