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Affordable Care Act Accomplishments

  • Maps Show a Dramatic Rise in Health Insurance Coverage Under ACA NPR by Alyson Hurt, Juan Elosua and Rebecca Hersher—New data from the U.S. Census Bureau present the most detailed picture yet of the dramatic rise in the number of people covered by health insurance since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. County-level data going back to 2010, when the law was signed, show a patchwork of people living without health insurance that ticked down slowly for the first three years under the ACA. But once the online insurance exchanges opened at the end of 2013 and Medicaid expanded, the population living without coverage dropped noticeably.

  • Veterans Saw Dramatic Gains in Coverage After Obamacare CNN Money by Tami Luhby—The uninsured rate among veterans under age 65 dropped to 5.9 percent in 2015, down from 9.6 percent two years earlier, according to the report. The number of vets lacking coverage fell to 552,000, down from 980,000. The changes started in 2014, when two major Obamacare coverage provisions kicked in. That's when Medicaid expansion took effect and the Obamacare exchanges opened. Most uninsured veterans had incomes that would make them eligible either for Obamacare subsidies or Medicaid. 

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