States That Leaned In to the Affordable Care Act Have Much to Lose

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<p>Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could cause as many as 30 million Americans to lose their coverage, 9.3 million of whom receive premium assistance through the ACA’s health insurance marketplaces.</p><p>In new <em>To the Point</em> post, Georgetown Health Policy Institute's Sabrina Corlette, Emily Curran, and Justin Giovannelli explain that nearly one-third of these enrollees reside in the 17 states that embraced the chance to set up and manage their own marketplace. All but one of these states also expanded their Medicaid program, and most incorporated the ACA’s consumer protections into their own state insurance laws, effectively adopting them as their own. </p>
<p>“Those states that embraced the law, leaned in to tailor its reforms to meet local needs, and saw dramatic progress in reducing the numbers of uninsured now face the prospect of that progress being reversed,” the authors say.</p> Read the post