Mitigating the Effects of Churning Under the Affordable Care Act: Lessons from Medicaid

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Churning in health insurance enrollment has long been a problem for many people, as changes in their life circumstances create a cycle of losing and regaining eligibility for coverage. For millions of Americans, the ACA means an end to the worst form of churning—the loss of insurance coverage entirely. However, the law also introduces a new risk: individuals and families with changes in income may move back and forth between Medicaid and subsidized marketplace coverage. This issue brief examines a variety of strategies that states can employ to ease coverage transitions and help keep people insured at all times.

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Date: Jun 2014
Author: The Commonwealth Fund