How the COVID-19 pandemic eased worries about affording health care


Federal laws maintained Medicaid enrollment and made Marketplace plans more affordable for more people.

While the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating in many ways, one silver lining was to lessen Americans’ concerns about paying for health care. Federal legislation prohibited states from disenrolling people from Medicaid during the public health emergency. In addition, the government expanded both income eligibility for, and the dollar amount of tax credits for people buying insurance on the Marketplace. Here’s a look at some of the effects of those policies.

Source: Urban Institute Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey data brief, June, 2023

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