AHIP: States Should ‘Carefully Consider’ Basic Health Program

With millions of people at risk of losing Medicaid coverage once the COVID-19 public health emergency ends, two states are setting up insurance programs designed to scoop up people who make too much for Medicaid and find Affordable Care Act exchange coverage unaffordable.

If Oregon and Kentucky follow through on their plans to set up Basic Health Programs (BHPs), they’ll join just two other states — New York and Minnesota — that have taken advantage of an often-overlooked provision of the ACA, Section 1331. However, there is some evidence that health insurers are wary of BHPs gaining traction.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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