A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report claims that healthcare reform will result in fewer U.S. workers enrolled in employer-provided plans.
The CMS report estimates that in 2019 approximately 164.5 million Americans would have employer health coverage under the new law.
But if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act hadn’t passed, the CMS estimates nearly 165.9 million would have employer-provided coverage — a difference of 1.4 million.
In addition, the report estimates that over the next 10 years seven million seniors will lose Medicare Advantage coverage, and healthcare spending will increase by $331 billion.
On the flip side, CMS estimates that the total amount of uninsured Americans will decrease.
The CMS estimates that as result of health reform 23.1 million people will be uninsured in 2019 compared to 56.9 million had the law not passed.
The reason the amount of uninsured will shrink: More low-wage workers will move into the expanded Medicaid program — and those workers whose employers dropped their plans will pick up insurance through state health exchanges and private providers offering individual plans.