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Health Policy Brief: The Basic Health Care Program
A new Health Policy Brief  from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores the issues surrounding the Basic Health Program, an option that states have under the Affordable Care Act to offer health insurance coverage for people whose family incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
This program would allow states to offer an alternative form of coverage that could cushion the effects of “churning”–that is, having a situation in which individuals’ and families’ incomes fluctuate, and they end up moving back and forth between Medicaid coverage and eligibility to purchase more costly private health insurance available through new state health insurance exchanges.
This policy brief explores the issues surrounding the Basic Health Program and outlines options for states going forward. Topics covered in the brief include
About Health Policy Briefs. The Briefs  are aimed at policy makers, congressional staffers, and others who need short, jargon-free explanations of health policy basics. The Briefs, which are reviewed by experts in the field, include competing arguments on policy proposals and the relevant research supporting each perspective
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