Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Number of Americans Without Insurance Declined

Dianne De La Mare

A recent New England Journal of Medicine study indicates that the number of Americans without health insurance has declined significantly since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open-enrollment period began in October 2013. The pattern of coverage changes were consistent with the eligibility criteria in the ACA regarding subsidized coverage and US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) statistics on state-level enrollment in ACA programs. National estimates of coverage after the open-enrollment period will not be available from federal surveys until late 2014, and reliable state-level estimates will not be available until the fall of 2015.

The report concludes that future research with government-conducted surveys will be valuable to corroborate these findings, monitor future trends and further assess the downstream effects of coverage.

To obtain a copy of the entire study go to http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsr1406753

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