A Healthier America?
According to a study by the Rand Corporation (see press release), coverage has increased in all types of insurance since the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect. A net total of 16.9 million people were newly insured from September 2013 through February 2015 (22.8 million who gained insurance less 5.9 million who lost coverage). The biggest gain in coverage was through employer-sponsored insurance (9.6 million people). About 6.5 million previously uninsured people gained insurance through Medicaid. Another 6.1 million switched to Medicaid from other insurance coverage. Other sources of insurance were the individual marketplaces (4.1 million), non-marketplace individual plans (1.2 million), and other insurance sources (1.5 million). The study estimated that about 80 percent of the non-elderly insured population that was insured in September 2013 experienced no change in the source of insurance since then.