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Supreme Court ACA Decision to Leave 3 Million More Uninsured than Expected


Posted by Jamie Hartford on July 24, 2012

Lower enrollment in Medicare as a result of the decision is also expected to save the federal government $84 billion over the next 11 years.


The Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to decide whether to expand their Medicare programs as allowed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will result in 3 million more Americans without health insurance than initially anticipated, according to a report released today.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) expect that some states won’t expand their Medicare plans, some will not expand their plans as much as allowed under the ACA, and others will not complete their Medicare expansions by the 2014 target set in the ACA.

In 2022, that will result in 6 million fewer people covered by Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Of those people, half are expected to obtain coverage through the health insurance exchanges; the other half are expected to be uninsured, according to the report by the CBO and JCT.

Lower enrollment in Medicare is expected to save the federal government $84 billion over the next 11 years.

Jamie Hartford is the associate editor of MD+DI. Follow her on Twitter @readMED.


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