CBO Official: Congress Is Scrutinizing Coverage Variation Based on Race, Income

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) garnered headlines recently when it projected that not only will the uninsured rate reach a record low this year, it will creep up again in the next 10 years. In a June 1 webinar hosted by Health Affairs, a CBO official expounded upon how those projections came about, noting that at the behest of Congress, the agency is closely following how coverage shifts affect particular demographics.

In its new projections, CBO said that the uninsured rate among people who are younger than 65 will increase from an unprecedented 8.3% this year to 10.1% in 2033, which would still be below the 12% rate from 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. The estimates, which were published in Health Affairs on June 24, show the impact that the expiration of temporary policies put into place during COVID will have on insurance coverage.

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Tim Casey

Tim Casey

Tim has been a reporter and editor for newspapers, websites and magazines for more than 20 years, including 10 years covering health care business topics. He has a deep knowledge of the managed care industry and pharmacy benefit management. He also has experience covering medical conferences and clinical and legislative health care issues. In 2014, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing selected Tim as one of 15 journalists to participate in a national symposium on the Affordable Care Act. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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