- About 4 million working-age people have lost insurance coverage since 2016
- The uninsured rates among lower-income adults rose from 20.9 percent in 2016 to 25.7 percent in March 2018
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This is also interesting: Survey shows reversal in ACA coverage gains.
- Gains in health insurance coverage made under the Affordable Care Act are beginning to reverse, according to the seventh iteration of The Commonwealth Fund’s ACA Tracking Survey.
- According to the survey, the rate of uninsured people between ages 19 to 64 has increased to 15.5% from 12.7% in 2016, with higher rates in states that have not expanded Medicaid. Uninsured rates are higher in southern states.
- Commonwealth attributes its findings to the repeal of the individual mandate, the rise of non-ACA-compliant insurance policies and support for Medicaid work requirements.
- Continued drops are expected. Commonwealth estimates that 5% of currently-insured adults plan on dropping their insurance coverage because of the individual mandate penalty repeal.
- The Trump administration is promoting expanding short-term health plans and association health plans, which supporters say will allow more affordable options for currently uninsured Americans. Several industry organizations and associations have criticized the move, arguing the expansion of short-term plans would undermine consumer protections, lead to higher premiums in the ACA-compliant individual market and jeopardize market stability.
- Additionally, the Trump administration’s plans for short-term expansion would primarily impact the middle class, as lower-income people are protected from premium increases through the use of federal subsidies, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report.
- Gallup found that the uninsured rate increased in all demographic groups last year except for senior citizens, who are eligible for Medicare.
If you are worried about your healthcare, it is time to vote and boot out Lee Zeldin in Nov. 2018