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THE COMMONWEALTH FUND Adults Ages 50-64 and the Affordable Care Act Sara R. Collins, Ph.D. Vice President, Affordable Health Insurance AARP and Alliance.

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1 THE COMMONWEALTH FUND Adults Ages and the Affordable Care Act Sara R. Collins, Ph.D. Vice President, Affordable Health Insurance AARP and Alliance For Health Reform Briefing: Boomers Come of Age January 24, 2011

2 THE COMMONWEALTH FUND Exhibit Million Uninsured Adults Ages 50–64 in 2009, Up by 1.1 Million in Last Year Millions uninsured, adults ages 50–64 Source: S. Collins, M. Doty, T. Garber, Realizing Health Reforms Potential: Adults Ages and the Affordable Care Act o 2010, The Commonwealth Fund, December 2010; Analysis of the 2001–2010 Current Population Surveys by N. Tilipman and B. Sampat of Columbia University for The Commonwealth Fund.

3 THE COMMONWEALTH FUND Exhibit 2. Two of Five Adults Ages 50–64 Who Have or Tried to Buy Individual Insurance Were Turned Down, Charged a Higher Price, or Excluded Because of a Preexisting Condition Adults Ages 50–64 Adults who have individual coverage or tried to buy it in past three years who: Found it very difficult or impossible to find coverage they needed 45% Found it very difficult or impossible to find affordable coverage 61 Turned down, charged a higher price or excluded because of a preexisting condition 39 Never bought a plan69 Source: S. Collins, M. Doty, T. Garber, Realizing Health Reforms Potential: Adults Ages and the Affordable Care Act o 2010, The Commonwealth Fund, December 2010; The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey (2007).

4 THE COMMONWEALTH FUND Exhibit 3. Seventy Five Percent of Uninsured Adults Ages Reported a Cost-Related Problem Getting Needed Care Percent of adults ages 50–64 Source: S. Collins, M. Doty, T. Garber, Realizing Health Reforms Potential: Adults Ages and the Affordable Care Act of 2010, The Commonwealth Fund, December 2010; The Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey (2007).

5 THE COMMONWEALTH FUND Exhibit 4. Early Provisions of the Affordable Care Act That Will Benefit Boomers, 2010–2013 Preexisting condition insurance plans (2010): Enrollment underway in all 50 states/DC for people with health problems who have been uninsured for at least six months. Ban on lifetime coverage limits/phase-out of annual limits, ban on rescissions (2010): Older adults at higher risk of reaching limits, having coverage rescinded. Employers and insurers must cover recommended preventive services without cost-sharing (2010): Includes colorectal cancer screening, mammograms, flu and pneumonia vaccines. Early retiree reinsurance program (2010): A $5 billion temporary program to pay part of early retiree health costs; 3,600 private and public employers have enrolled. Long-term care insurance (2012): Voluntary program available through workplace or other mechanism for self-employed Source: Commonwealth Fund Health Reform Resource Center: Whats in the Affordable Care Act? (PL and ),

6 THE COMMONWEALTH FUND Exhibit 5. Provisions of the Affordable Care Act That Will Benefit Boomers, Expansion in Medicaid eligibility to cover adults with incomes under 133% poverty ($14,000 individual, $29,000 for family of four). New state insurance exchanges with premium and cost- sharing tax credits up to 400% poverty ($43,000 individual, $88,000 family of four). Premiums capped at 3%-9.5% of income between % poverty; spending capped at 6%- 27% of total spending between % poverty. Essential health benefit standards and limits on cost-sharing for plans sold in insurance exchanges and in the individual and small group markets: Four different standardized levels of benefitsbronze, silver, gold, platinumthat will vary only by cost sharing; essential benefits are similar to employer plans. Restrictions on insurance carriers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums on the basis of health or age. Source: Commonwealth Fund Health Reform Resource Center: Whats in the Affordable Care Act? (PL and ),

7 THE COMMONWEALTH FUND Exhibit 6. Most of the 8.6 Million Currently Uninsured Adults Ages 50–64 Will Gain Coverage Beginning in 2014 Source: Analysis of the March 2010 Current Population Survey by N. Tilipman and B. Sampat of Columbia University for The Commonwealth Fund; estimates of undocumented uninsured adults by Jonathan Gruber and Ian Perry of MIT using the Gruber Microsimulation Model for The Commonwealth Fund. Medicaid 3.3 million 38% Subsidized private insurance with consumer protections 3.5 million 41% Nonsubsidized private insurance with consumer protections 1.4 million 17% Undocumented 376,889 4% 8.6 Million Uninsured Adults Ages 50–64 in 2009

8 THE COMMONWEALTH FUND TX 22.5% FL 20.6% NM 20.1% GA 18.2% AZ 17.7% CA 17.6% WY 17.2% NV 16.6% AK OK 15.9% MS 15.8% LA 15.4% MT 15.3% TN 15.3% Exhibit 7. Adults Ages 50–64 in 16 States with Uninsured Rates Higher Than the National Average Will Particularly Benefit from the Health Reform Law Note: Uninsured rates are two-year averages, 2008–2009. Source: Analysis of the March 2009 and 2010 Current Population Survey by N. Tilipman and B. Sampat of Columbia University for The Commonwealth Fund. WA OR ID UT CO KS NE SD ND MN WI MI IA MO AR ILIN OH KY WV VA NC 14.3% SC 14.5% AL PA NY ME DC MD DE NJ CT RI MA NH VT HI States with uninsured rate higher than national average of 14.2%, adults ages 50–64, 2008– %


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