Estimating Federal Payments and Eligibility for Basic Health Programs: An Illustrative Example

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Estimating Federal Payments and Eligibility for Basic Health Programs: An Illustrative Example

December 12, 2014

Abstract

Some states are considering adoption of the Basic Health Program (BHP) to make coverage more affordable to low income consumers. This paper provides detailed information about the characteristics of BHP-eligible residents in each state. It explains how policymakers can use that information to estimate average federal BHP payments per BHP-eligible resident, both overall and within various age and income bands. The paper also explains in detail how federal BHP payments are calculated.

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