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ACA: What has been the effect of health care reform on consumers as we approach the 5 year mark?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed March 3, 2010.  This article provides a timeline of the milestones that were established as far as implementing the various changes in insurance provisions.  It is still too early to have official survey results from the federal government as far as quantifying the effect on consumers, but the authors recap findings of other surveys.  I like the way the authors present their conclusions — “what we know,” “what we thing we know,” and “what we need to watch.”  They conclude that it is known that “Millions of people have signed up for insurance coverage — but the benefits of ACA are felt unevenly across the country.”

How many people have been insured under ACA?

  • 14 million have been insured under various provisions of ACA, according to the Department of Health & Human Services, which includes:
    • 8 million newly signed up in the marketplaces
    • 3 million young people who stayed on a parent’s plan
    • 3 million people newly covered in Children’s Health Insurance Program expansion

Source: Salber, P., and Selecky, C.E. (2014, Sept.) Update on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on consumers. The American Journal of Accountable Care, 2(3), 36-41. Retrieved from  http://www.ajmc.com/publications/ajac/2014/2014-1-vol2-n3/Update-on-the-Impact-of-the-Affordable-Care-Act-on-Consumers   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org



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