The Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents one of the most sweeping reforms of the U.S. health care system ever enacted.

RAND’s analysis of the ACA has examined the impact of the law’s key provisions, how the law has evolved during the course of implementation, and changes to the number of uninsured during the initial enrollment period.

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    Research Brief

    How Would a Public Option on Health Insurance Affect Costs and Coverage?

    May 28, 2020

    Interest in a government-sponsored health insurance plan with publicly determined provider rates is growing. An analysis of four such public option plans finds that lower provider payment rates would lower premiums. But the effect on enrollees also depends on tax credits. And changes to the number of uninsured would be small.

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