Friday, June 12, 2015

With a promise of coverage, how well is the Affordable Care Act doing?

Kaiser Health News notes that while most now agree that the ACA has helped Americans who were previously uninsured gain coverage, it's hard to actually measure how much improvement the ACA has had on coverage.

Read the brief report, "Is the Uninsured Rate the Lowest Ever?" here:

The Administration asserts that “Nearly one in three uninsured Americans have already been covered — more than 16 million people -– driving our uninsured rate to its lowest level ever.”

Those who say the ACA has done well point to periodic polling by the Gallup organization.

According to KHN:

The 11.9 percent uninsured rate (among adults) Gallup reported in April for this 2015 first quarter is the lowest measured since it’s been keeping track. But Gallup has been measuring only since 2008.  Others point to a survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – also found an uninsured rate of 11.9 percent for the first three-quarters of 2014. That was down from 16 percent in 2010, the year the ACA became law.  But that survey changed its methodology back in 1997, which was well after employers had begun shedding coverage for workers and families.

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