Report: ObamaCare Brings Affordable Coverage For Some Young Uninsured

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announces a revamped contraception policy on Feb. 10, 2012, in Washington

The Obama Administration released a report late Monday showing that a significant share of young, single Americans will be able to get inexpensive coverage under the law, sometimes for less than $50 a month. But the report’s conclusions only apply to subset of the uninsured young people, leaving unanswered the overall effect of the law.

The report uses data from 34 states to make the claim that “nearly 5 in 10” young, single adults could pay “$50 or less” per month for health insurance in 2014. In all, roughly 1.3 million 18- to 34-year-olds will be able to get new insurance through Obamacare insurance exchanges for $50 or less per month. Another 600,000 will be able to purchase plans between $50 and $100 a month. An additional 1 million will be able to get free coverage under Medicaid.

But the report’s authors made clear that these conclusions did not apply to all young uninsured people, a population estimated at 20 million nationwide. To compile the insurance price data, the Department of Health and Human Services drew from the 34 states that have submitted insurance plan details to the government. Many of these states have opted not to expand their Medicaid programs, which would vastly expand coverage for young adults. “We cannot at this time compare all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” wrote the report authors, Laura Skopec and Emily Gee.

The report also defines young adults as single 18- to 34-year-olds living in single-person households who may be eligible to purchase insurance through Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges. This definition excludes, for example, undocumented immigrants, many of whom are under 34, but are not eligible for insurance under the program.

“In the 34 states in this analysis, 2.9 million, or 40%, of the 7.2 million eligible uninsured single young adults may qualify for Medicaid or tax credits to purchase silver or bronze coverage for $100 or less per month,” wrote the report authors. If each of the 34 states opted to expand its Medicaid program, as President Obama originally hoped when they passed the law, 86 percent of uninsured single young adults would be eligible for coverage costing less than $100 per month after tax credits.

14 comments
SteveSdr
SteveSdr

I support the since it will help many people.  However, after decades of continuous coverage, my family will be uninsured in 2014.  We are caught in a gap with unaffordable exchange premiums (15% of our gross income) and no subsidy due to exceeding the income limits for subsidy by a few hundred dollars.

The goodwill Obama and Democrats had is evaporating under the false promise of the ACA by cancelling, state tax commission approved, affordable healthcare policies.  Rural exchange policies are unaffordable being two to three times more expensive than urban policies. Democrats should work quickly to grandfather existing policies to take this issue off the table or face two election cycles of "they lied."

eagle11772
eagle11772

OBAMACARE is a colossal failure.  The Obamaniac should just admit he's not up to the job, doesn't know what he's doing, and resign asap and hand the job over to Stumblebum Joe.  Speaking of Stumblebum Joe, where the heck has he been ? !  Hiding in the weeds until this whole OBAMACARE FIASCO blows over ?  And the Republicans in the House should just ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to appropriate a CENT to implement and fund OBAMACARE in any way whatsoever.  Let it just wither away as Marx said it would.  If The Obamaniac doesn't resign in shame over his OBAMACARE DEBACLE, then the House should just impeach him if he refuses to go willingly.  THROW STUMBLEBUM JOE in there !  NEXT !

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

I just love your tasteful application of caps lock. Seriously though, enjoy eating sh|t in in every election for the next two decades.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@eagle11772

OBAMACARE is a colossal failure

The law or the website? Because the website is not the law. It's an interface. I know that some people are confused by simple concepts but there's always a TV channel for that, like Fox News. True - anyone watching it will remain ignorant but at least they get simple stuff spoon fed. 

jason024
jason024

@eagle11772Republicans in the House should just ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to appropriate a CENT to implement and fund OBAMACARE in any way whatsoever.  

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They tried that....you know shutting down the government over it......AMERICA didn't want them to do it and they came to their senses. So....the question is when will you realize the same thing they did?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@eagle11772 Spoken like a true GOP lemming. But hey seeing as your party is about as popular as bed lice, dreams and fantasy is all you have left.

dmb
dmb

@MrObvious @eagle11772 Just wait until 1/1/2015 when the fun really begins.  Furloughs, jobs going from full time to part time, spouses being dropped from company plans.  There is a reason why the business mandate was pushed back to Jan. 2015,  It is after Nov. 2014.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@MrObvious BOTH !  The Obamaniac has now ADMITTED THAT HE LIED to the American people when he said that with the dreaded OBAMACARE, everyone could keep their present doctor and their present health insurance.  The OBAMANIAC LIED.  He now admits that 50% to 80% of the American people will NOT be able to keep their present doctor or their present health insurance.  The Obamaniac, his cohorts and minions in Congress, and his acolytes and fellow travelers LIED to the American people.  IMPEACH THIS BUM !  NEXT !

reallife
reallife

@MrObvious @eagle11772 they'd be better off not fixing the website, at least now they can use that as an excuse (and i will not put it past them)

the website is the least of their problems

as that congressman well put it

YOU LIE!



eagle11772
eagle11772

@mantisdragon91  I'm NOT a Republican and have not been for 25 years.  I'm a Libertarian.  The Obamanaic is an out and proud Marxist-Stalinist.  IMPEACH THIS BUM !  NEXT !

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@eagle11772"The OBAMANIAC LIED.  He now admits that 50% to 80% of the American people will NOT be able to keep their present doctor or their present health insurance. I'm NOT a Republican and have not been for 25 years."

You are in no position to be calling anyone else a liar. Liar.