Did ARP make coverage more affordable at all income levels?
The American Rescue Plan increased premium subsidies at all income levels for health plans sold in the ACA marketplaces, reducing the percentage of income that enrollees have to pay for the “benchmark” plan in their area – that is, the second-cheapest Silver plan.
At incomes up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level ($19,140 for an individual, $39,300 for a family of four), the benchmark plan is free, and from 150% up to 200% FPL ($25,520 for an individual, $52,440 for family of four), benchmark Silver costs no more than 2% of family income. Silver plans at these income levels come with strong cost-sharing reduction (CSR) that reduces deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. Weaker CSR is available up to 250% FPL.