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How much should health insurance cost and who should buy it? Health insurance reform is one of the most important issues in the United States. It’s also one of the most contentious. Years after Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, feelings are still heated.

In this lesson, students use percents to calculate the value of insurance to people with different health profiles, analyze the insurance market from the perspectives of both consumer and company, and debate the long-term impacts of a range of policies.

Students will

  • Calculate expected value and use it to solve real-world problems
  • Solve real-world problems using percents

Before you begin

Health insurance become a politically charged issue in America. To have a maximally thoughtful conversation, we suggest not discussing policy names or political positions on the front end and to instead discuss the mathematics and ethics of different options first.

Common Core Standards

Content Standards
Mathematical Practices