HHS Report Shows Evidence that the ACA Is Working
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report this week showing that 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) almost 5 years ago—a historic reduction in the uninsured.
Some key findings:
- 14.1 million uninsured people gained coverage between Oct. 2013 and March 2015 when the Medicaid and Health Insurance Marketplace coverage expansions took effect.
- An additional 2.3 million uninsured young adults (aged 19-25) gained health insurance between 2010 and Oct. 2013. This is due in large part to the provision of the ACA that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ plans up to age 26.
- The uninsured rate declined by more among African Americans and Latinos than among Whites.
Read the full report and associated technical notes: https://aspe.hhs.gov/health-insurance-coverage-affordable-care-act-aspe-issue-brief-march-2015