Health Affairs July 20, 2021
A recent report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) claims that 31 million Americans were enrolled in coverage related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Without proper context, this number is misleading and is being misinterpreted. Here is what you need to know:
- There has been virtually no change in private health insurance coverage because of the ACA.
- The net gain in health coverage because of the ACA is entirely or almost entirely due to an increase in Medicaid enrollment.
- A sizeable percentage of the new enrollees in Medicaid do not meet eligibility rules for the program.
- On a per enrollee basis, the ACA’s cost is far higher than was...