How will BCRA affect your community? Check out this resource

Joanne Kenen

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Joanne Kenen, (@JoanneKenen) the health editor at Politico, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health reform and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on health reform resources and tip sheets at joanne@healthjournalism.org. Follow her on Facebook.

A new tool from the Kaiser Family Foundation lets you see how the Senate health care bill (as it existed in late June) will affect your community.

It enables you look county-by-county at how premiums are tax credits will look in 2020 both under the Affordable Care Act and under the Senate’s proposed repeal and replace bill, Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

That bill will be undergoing further revisions after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed the vote, but this will still be a useful guide.

The maps give a few different scenarios based on age, and income, and it looks at both the bronze and silver plans. Under the ACA, people can get tax credits to help defray costs of premiums up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The Senate bill brings that down to 350 percent. (In 2017, the federal poverty level is FPL is 12,060 for individuals, 24,600 for a family of four).

The map include data for various ages and income levels, including subsidies, for bronze and silver marketplace plans in each county.

An earlier map from the Foundation compares ACA premiums and tax credits to those in the House-passed American Health Care Act.

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