Policymakers seeking to eliminate the ACA’s essential health benefits argue that paying for coverage for services, that some people may not use, unnecessarily raises costs for many. Though annual premiums may fall if essential health benefits coverage is eliminated, people who need these services could face thousands more in direct out of pocket costs as a result, likely leading to significantly higher levels of unmet medical need.
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The nonprofit Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and offered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector. Visit the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center for more information specific to its staff and its recent research.