New Analysis Finds Uninsured Rate for Kids Would Increase by 50% Under AHCA
If the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law, the uninsured rate for children would increase by a whopping 50% by 2026 according to a new analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The Center’s report is based on a deeper dive into the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the AHCA that was passed by the House of Representatives last month. Approximately three million more children would lose health insurance by 2026 according to the Center’s estimates.
This loss in children’s health care coverage would likely reflect the impact of cuts to federal Medicaid funding to states, a reduction in tax credits that help moderate-income families afford coverage in the individual marketplace and the reverse “welcome mat” effect as their parents lose Medicaid coverage they had received under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. Readers of Say Ahhh! are very familiar with the research that shows the strong connection between parent and child coverage. When parents are covered, children are more likely to have their health care needs met and the whole family is better protected from medical bankruptcy.
Making more children uninsured is shortsighted not only because having health insurance ensures better access to needed care and provides economic security, but it also helps children achieve greater educational and economic success.