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Mandate key to gains in coverage: study
Modern Healthcare

A new analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act finds that if the mandate to buy insurance were stricken from the law, the projected number of people who would gain coverage would fall by about half.

A report authored by the Urban Institute and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (PDF) concluded that without the mandate, the benefits of insurance expansion would essentially be limited to the people covered under the expanded criteria of Medicaid. The number of people who would have employer-sponsored coverage would slightly decline without the mandate, according to the study.