Health Affairs Disparities Study
The real truth about the Affordable Care Act
Since racial and ethnic minorities make up a disproportionate share of US residents without health insurance, expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was expected to reduce disparities in the US health care system.
A new study, being released by Health Affairs as a Web First, compared uninsured rates for white, black, and Hispanic adults in 2013 and 2014, focusing on the periods just before and after the first ACA enrollment period. The study found that by the fourth quarter of 2014 the uninsured rate for Hispanics (both citizens and noncitizens) had declined to 31.8 percent from 40.1 percent in the third quarter of 2013.
During the same period, uninsured rates for blacks declined from 25.5 percent to 17.2 percent; and white adult uninsured rate was reduced from 14.8 percent to 10.5 percent.
For their study, the authors used data from the National Health Interview Survey (conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
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