Survey: 9.5 million people gained health coverage in first marketplace enrollment periodEven sweeter, a study by the Brookings Institution found that all the negative coverage by conservative media may have increased enrollment:
By Tony Pugh
July 10, 2014
Washington — - Some 9.5 million Americans gained health coverage during the recent marketplace enrollment period as the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a new national survey by the Commonwealth Fund.
Young adults ages 19-34, whose participation in the Affordable Care Act’s coverage initiative was crucial but always uncertain, saw some of the largest coverage gains. Their uninsured rate fell from 28 percent to 18 percent.
Uninsured rates for Latinos fell from 36 percent to 23 percent, the survey found. And low-income adults earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level saw their uninsured rate drop from 35 percent to 24 percent.
To view the survey results, go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2014/jul/Health-Coverage-Access-ACA.
While the negative ads reduce the enrollment in red states, they have an opposite effect in blue states.