On December 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an extensive compilation of state-level data detailing the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the report, “The uninsured rate has fallen to the lowest level on record, and 20 million Americans have gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But beyond those people who would otherwise be uninsured, millions of Americans with employer, Medicaid, Medicare, or individual market coverage have benefited from new protections as a result of the law.”
Some of the key highlights include:
- After the ACA was enacted, over 150 million Americans are covered through employer-sponsored health plans;
- Over 70 million Americans are covered by Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) including millions of children, seniors and other individuals with disabilities;
- Over 10 million Americans have coverage through the marketplace with improved individual market coverage as compared to before the ACA; and
- Currently, Medicare covers 55 million Americans and the ACA has helped to strengthen the Medicare Trust Fund by extending it for more than 10 years.
Further information is included in the press release here.