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Chairman Yarmuth Requests CBO Report on the Current Uninsured Population

Jan 27, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, sent a letter to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Hon. Phillip Swagel requesting a report describing the population without insurance coverage to better understand how certain coverage expansion proposals will affect different segments of the uninsured population. A full copy of the letter can be found here:

"The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had an enormous impact on Americans’ health and economic security. Just in the last ten years, it has provided millions with affordable and quality health insurance, protected as many as 130 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions, and moved us far closer to health care being a right for all Americans. But even with these important gains, many Americans still live without health insurance or are forced to make the impossible choice between filling their prescriptions or putting food on their table. As policymakers consider proposals to expand health care coverage to those in need, I have requested that the Congressional Budget Office provide a report on the uninsured population. It is key that we start these discussions with a clear assessment of those we are trying to help,” said Chairman Yarmuth.

Chairman Yarmuth has asked the CBO report to describe:

  • Characteristics of the currently uninsured population;
  • Their current options for obtaining health insurance coverage;
  • The cost of those coverage options;
  • How long they remain without coverage;
  • Reasons why individuals might not enroll in coverage; and
  • How going without insurance affects individuals’ exposure to financial risk and their access to health care.