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Few States Use Health Law Option For Low-Cost Plans
National Public Radio

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

The two states are using a provision of the health law to create what’s called a “basic health program” for people with limited means. For low-income consumers, these plans are a better buy than marketplace plans — even when those plans have a premium tax credit and cost-sharing subsidies.