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Expanded coverage under US health act projected to cost $104bn less than expected

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 16 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2822
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

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 …

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