Monday, March 16, 2015

Affordable Care Act (Obama-care) Update: Continued Good News Story

Detailed Stats in the Story (see link below)

We all like good  news and success stories - health care today is one (but, natch: the GOP can't stand good news). Despite GOP efforts to repeal, defund, or ignore health care, this reform is working and people are satisfied with their plans and coverage.

This Affordable Care Act (Obama-care) update is highlighted in Vox and comes from HHS numbers (linked below):

1.  14.1 million Americans have gained health plans since the ACA (Obama-care) coverage expansion began in 2014.

2.  2.3 million young adults additionally gained coverage between 2010 and 2013 — after Obama-care began requiring employer plans to cover them through age 26.

3.  This is largest drop in the uninsured rate since 1965 – when both Medicare and Medicaid began.

There is more in this report from HHS:

It finds that the uninsured rate has fallen from 20.3 percent prior to the ACA (Obama-care) being passed and implemented to now in 2015, 13.2 percent. That is a 7.1 percentage-point decrease in the uninsured rate — or, put another way, a 35-percent decline in the number of Americans who lack insurance coverage.

The decline in uninsured coverage coincides with two parts of the program:

First, as mentioned above: The employer mandate that plans cover kids until age 26. The uninsured rate among young adults in that age range (19 to 26) dropped from 34.1 percent to 26.7 percent.

Second, and much larger, was the start of the health law's Medicaid expansion in 2014, with some 14.1 million Americans now with coverage they otherwise would not have (from the Medicaid expansion and the marketplaces for private insurance). Some states still resist, but more are seeing the proverbial light and are reversing course (see the detailed map). That can only be viewed as good news – helping people in need with health care coverage.

Isn’t that what America has always been about?

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