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Health and Human Services Secretary
"We are committed to providing every American with access to quality, affordable health services and this study reaffirms that the Affordable Care Act has set us on a path toward achieving that goal," said Secretary Burwell. "This study also reaffirms that expanding
According to the authors' findings, the uninsured rate for adults ages 18 to 64 fell from 21 percent in
Coverage gains were concentrated among low-income adults in states expanding
Today's study also looks at access to care, and finds that within the first six months of gaining coverage, more adults (approximately 4.4 million) reported having a personal doctor and fewer (approximately 5.3 million) experienced difficulties paying for medical care.
Today's study does not include data from before 2012, as coverage was changing rapidly during this period. This means the results do not include the more than 3 million young adults who gained health insurance coverage through their parents' plans.
The analysis builds on previous studies by reviewing a larger sample size and taking into account changes in the economy and pre-existing trends in insurance coverage. Using survey data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for
To read the article visit: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsr1406753
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