27.7 Million Previously Uninsured People Are Eligible for Assistance under the Affordable Care Act
An updated report recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation revealed that 56% of uninsured individuals across the nation became eligible to receive financial assistance for health insurance coverage, whether it is through Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or marketplaces. Key findings from the updated report indicated that Medicaid expansion greatly increased the percentage of eligible individuals. In states that have already expanded, 68% of uninsured individuals received eligibility, while states that have not expanded are at a mere 44% of those uninsured becoming eligible. However, if nonexpansion states were to move forward with expansion, that number would jump to a prideful 77% of uninsured becoming eligible. The findings from this report suggest that while we are moving forward, there is still more work to be done; with percentages of covered individuals rising, we are progressing towards a healthier nation, one step at a time. Access to care is a great barrier to managing our health, and with this progress our nation can lead longer, healthier lives.