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Request for CBO Report on Design Considerations for a Public Option

January 2021

SUMMARY: Members of Congress are working to expand access and improve the affordability of quality health insurance for all Americans through a variety of approaches. One proposal is a federally administered nongroup plan, sometimes called a public option, that would be available as an alternative to private insurance plans. Chairman Yarmuth asked CBO to produce a report identifying key characteristics and design considerations of a public option.