What Happens if ARPA Subsidies Expire?

Approximately 3 million people currently enrolled in the individual marketplace could lose coverage, and more would see premiums double if the Congress fails to extend the American Rescue Plan Act’s subsidies, which are set to expire at the end of this year.

ARPA lowers the share of income enrollees need to contribute toward premiums for households making between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level, and it temporarily caps enrollees with income above 400% of the FPL from paying more than 8.5% of their income for a silver plan premium. If the subsidies expire, 8.9 million people would be allowed to remain in the marketplace but experience premium subsidy loss. An additional 1.5 million may lose subsidies entirely but choose to remain insured, according to an HHS projection.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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