N.Y., Minn. Opt For Low-Cost Plans To Help Some Residents Afford Coverage

(By – Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News)

In January, more than 350,000 lower income New Yorkers began paying $20 a month or less for comprehensive health insurance with no deductibles and low copayments, under a federal health law program. Minnesota has similar coverage in place through the same program, with more than 125,000 enrollees.

The two states are using a provision of the health law to create a “basic health program.”  And even though the coverage is significantly more affordable than the alternative — subsidized marketplace plans — health policy experts say it’s unlikely other states will follow suit. Read more…

 

Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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