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CBO Revises ACA Coverage Estimates

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a report revising cost and coverage estimates for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the health care reform law. The court’s decision allowing states to opt out of ACA’s Medicaid expansion reduces the cost of the law by $84 billion over 11 years.CBO estimates that 6 million people will lose Medicaid coverage as a result of their state opting out of the expansion; however, 3 million of those people will gain coverage through state-based exchanges, reducing ACA’s overall coverage estimates by 3 million.

California is expected to fully comply with the Medicaid expansion. CBO also estimates that repealing ACA would add $109 billion to the deficit between 2013 and 2022.