Today, a new report from the Commonwealth Fund demonstrates once again why we needed the Affordable Care Act and how the new law will help drive down premiums and save money for Americans across the country. The report found that premiums and deductibles in states were skyrocketing. According to the issue brief:
“[P]remiums for businesses and their employees increased 41 percent across states from 2003 to 2009, while per-person deductibles jumped 77 percent in large as well as small firms.”
And without action, the situation only would have gotten worse. The Commonwealth Fund researchers found that if the trends continued the “average premium for family coverage will rise 79 percent by 2020, to more than $23,000.”
Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act will help control premium cost growth, make our health care system more transparent and make care more affordable and accessible. Under the new law:
The Commonwealth Fund looks at these and other provisions in the law that could save money for American families. The report notes:
“If premium growth were to slow to 1 percentage point below the projected national growth rate, the cost of family coverage would drop an average of $995 annually by 2015. Annual savings for families and employ¬ers would increase to $2,323 by 2020…Even greater amounts could be saved if the annual premium growth rates were to slow by 1.5 percentage points. An average of $1,475 could be saved annually on family coverage by 2015. The savings would more than double to $3,403 annually by 2020.”
Our Administration has made great strides to implement the Affordable Care Act, and we’re moving forward to deliver the benefits of reform to the American people and save money for families nationwide.
Stephanie Cutter is Assistant to the President for Special Projects