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Survey Finds Coverage Gains under ACA Beginning to Reverse

May 01, 2018

Findings from the latest Commonwealth Fund tracking survey demonstrate that the increased number of individuals covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is beginning to reverse.

The report found that for uninsured adults age 19-64 years olds:

  • The uninsured rate increased to 15.5 percent (up from 12.7%)
  • The uninsured rate among adults in states that did not expand Medicaid rose to 21.9 percent
  • The uninsured rate increased among adults age 35 and older

The report also found that five percent of insured adults plan to drop health insurance coverage because of the individual mandate repeal.

The ACA has helped more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians access affordable, reliable, comprehensive health care coverage through the insurance marketplace, Medicaid expansion, and dependent coverage.

The ACA also has provided key consumer protections that prevent insurers from turning away consumers with preexisting conditions, or charging them more for coverage. These protections have helped millions of Pennsylvanians access affordable, comprehensive, and preventive health care. These vital services only have become more important as Pennsylvania works to address the impacts of the opioid crisis:  Medicaid expansion has helped more than 175,000 Pennsylvanians access crucial drug and alcohol treatment services.

Throughout the debate about the future of the ACA, HAP has held as its guiding principles the need to preserve Pennsylvanians’ access to affordable, reliable comprehensive health care coverage. HAP has worked with Pennsylvania’s hospitals and the provider community to communicate the importance of continued Congressional support for measures to promote access to health care and stabilize the insurance marketplace.

For more information about HAP’s federal legislative advocacy, please contact Laura Stevens Kent, vice president, federal legislative advocacy.

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