Journal Article Setting a Standard for Affordability
John Holahan, Linda J. Blumberg, Jack Hadley, Katharine Nordal
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Recently, Massachusetts passed landmark legislation designed to expand health insurance coverage. This legislation includes a requirement that all adults enroll in a health insurance plan. This mandate takes effect only if an "affordable" plan is available. The definition of affordability for individuals and families of different incomes or circumstances is a critical decision in implementation and is relevant to any state or federal reform requiring individual premium or cost-sharing contributions, or both. This analysis was done to assist the policy design process in Massachusetts and delineates an empirically based approach to setting affordability standards.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health insurance Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  Private insurance State Children's Health Insurance Program