Health Care Reform
Passed on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ACA) stands as the most significant health care legislation since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The Affordable Care Act gives consumers important new protections in the private insurance market, gives states the option to expand Medicaid to low-income adults, ends the insurance practice of denying coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions, provides new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries, and strengthens the Medicare trust fund. More than 10 million non-elderly adults gained health insurance coverage between October 2013 and June 2014.
While the improvements contained in the Affordable Care Act are positive first steps, many Americans, including many immigrant families, do not have access to coverage. Nearly five million adults fall into the coverage gap because they live in a state that has not yet expanded Medicaid. In 2015-2016, the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act provides an unprecedented opportunity to expand health insurance coverage to millions of low-income individuals and families. However, this opportunity will only become reality if states adopt processes that minimize the burden of applying for and receiving health insurance.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2015-2016.
Read CHN’s statement about the Supreme Court’s June 24, 2015 decision on the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies.
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Policy Analyses and Research
- May 18, 2016Children's Coverage Climb Continues: Uninsurance and Medicaid/CHIP Eligibility and Participation Under the ACA (Urban Institute)