|By Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It's the latest estimate to be released as officials try to gauge the impact of the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act.
This group includes people with incomes under the federal poverty level --
That's because the law called for those with incomes under the poverty level to be covered by the
But that arrangement fell apart last year after the
The Kaiser estimate of people who fall in the gap is lower than the 500,000 figure that health officials and the news media have cited most often to describe the effects of
Some of them would have been disqualified because they're illegal immigrants or legal immigrants who haven't lived in the country long enough.
The state estimated that about 500,000 would enroll if the state expanded
But she said "the lion's share," about two-thirds, are under the under the poverty level and therefore not eligible for premium subsidies, either.
It matters, he said, because other economic estimates are based on those numbers and could affect federal funding and taxation.
Whether it's 300,000 or 500,000, it's still a lot, Hood acknowledged. "It is mostly a technical accuracy point I'm making," he said. "There's clearly a large population of people ... who are left in the lurch."
"There are 500,000 people who would have gotten