State-by-State Coverage and Government Spending Implications of the Better Care Reconciliation Act and American Health Care Act

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By 2022, 24.7 million Americans could lose health insurance under BCRA and 23.0 million under AHCA.

 

 

The Issue

Research finds that 24.7 million more Americans could be uninsured by 2022 under the Senate-introduced Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) and 23.0 million under the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Key Findings

  • By 2022, federal Medicaid funding under the BCRA would decrease by $102.2 billion.

  • By 2022, federal Medicaid funding under the AHCA would decrease by $105.4 billion.

  • States that had the largest coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act would have the largest increases in the number of uninsured residents under both the BCRA  and the AHCA, including California (increase from 9.0% uninsured to 21.4% under BCRA and 21.2% under AHCA) and Ohio (increase from 6.5% uninsured to 18.4% under BCRA and 17.7% under AHCA).

Conclusion

Of the 24.7 million additional uninsured under the BCRA in 2022, 76 percent would have incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL)—11.9 million would have incomes below 138 percent of FPL, and 6.9 million would have incomes between 138 and 400 percent of FPL. Under the AHCA, 80 percent of the 23.0 million additional uninsured Americans would have incomes below 400 percent of FPL.

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