New Survey: Rise in Access to Care and Affordability in First Year of ACA Enrollment

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<p>For the first time, The Commonwealth Fund’s Biennial Health Insurance Survey—fielded since 2001—finds sharp declines in uninsured rates for working-age Americans, with rates for young and low-income adults now at their lowest levels in 14 years. The number of people reporting that costs were a problem in accessing care also fell, as did the number of people with trouble paying medical bills.<strong></strong></p><p>“These declines are remarkable and unprecedented in the survey’s more than decade-long history,” said The Commonwealth Fund’s Sara R. Collins, the study’s lead author. “They indicate that the Affordable Care Act is beginning to help people afford the health care they need.”</p>
<p>Data highlights are available in an <a href="/publications/infographic/2015/jan/trends-coverage-medical-debt-and-access-care">interactive feature</a>.</p> Read the brief.