RAND Study: Individual Mandate Critical to Achieving Near-Universal Health Care Coverage

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A new RAND Corporation study concludes that eliminating a key part of health care reform that requires all Americans to have health insurance would sharply lower the number of people gaining coverage, but would not dramatically increase the cost of buying policies through new insurance exchanges.

The study comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in March regarding the constitutionality of the individual mandate, a key provision of 2010's Affordable Care Act.

Key points in the RAND Corporation press release include:

Download the study here  "The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Enrollment and Premiums, With and Without the Individual Mandate"

For Network readers this is an important perspective to review to help more fully understand the importance of a mandate as a part of health care reform. Happy reading!

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