Expanded coverage under US health act projected to cost $104bn less than expectedBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2822 (Published 16 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2822
- Michael McCarthy
The cost of expanding health insurance coverage through the US health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, will cost $104bn (£62bn; €75bn) less than expected over the next decade, according to a new report.1
The report, which was prepared by the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Commission on Taxation, which are non-partisan congressional agencies, projects that the cost of health coverage provisions of the 2010 health reform law will have a net cost of $36bn for 2014, $5bn less than the agencies had projected previously, and a net cost of $1383bn for the 2014-15 period, $104bn less than previously projected.
The lower costs in 2014 were largely because of lower than expected premiums for plans offered on …