Dramatic Gains in Health Coverage Since Affordable Care Act
Three new reports out this week confirm substantial growth in health coverage since the ACA. A study by RAND in Health Affairs found that 16.9 million more people have health insurance coverage now than before the ACA was implemented. Since September 2013, 22.8 million people gained coverage, including 11.2 million consumers in Marketplace plans and 9.6 million newly enrolled in Medicaid, while 5.9 million people lost coverage—those who lost coverage either became uninsured or found different coverage. In related news, CMS reports that 70.5 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP through February 2015, up by more than 11.7 million post-ACA. Finally, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the individual market, both inside and outside the ACA established Marketplaces, grew to 15.5 million people in 2014, an increase of 46% compared to 2013.
$101 Million to Establish New Community Health Centers
The Department of Health and Human Services announced that $101 million in funding provided by the Affordable Care Act has been granted to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. Territories. The Department estimates that the new centers will increase access to services for 650,000 individuals and add to the current network of 1,300 health centers that provide care to nearly 22 million patients, an increase of more than 5 million patients since the beginning of 2009.