Affordable Care Act Research Materials

The Affordable Care Act and Asian Americans and Pacific IslandersResearch Brief, May 2012.  (PDF – 289 KB)
New estimates from RAND suggest that 2.0 million out of the 2.5 million Asian Americans who would otherwise be uninsured will gain or be eligible for coverage in 2016 through the Affordable Care Act. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are already benefitting from the expansion of preventive services with no cost-sharing in both private health insurance and Medicare.

Number of Young Adults Gaining Insurance Due to the Affordable Care Act Now Tops 3 MillionIssue Brief, June 2012.  (PDF – 84 KB)
New survey findings released today by the National Center for Health Statistics show that the extension of dependent health coverage up to age 26 continues to lead to greater rates of insurance coverage among young adults. This policy is one part of the Affordable Care Act, and it took effect for insurance plan renewals beginning on September 23, 2010.

The Affordable Care Act and WomenResearch Brief, March 2012.  (PDF – 299 KB)
The Affordable Care Act ensures that women will not pay more for the same insurance coverage as men and will provide insurance to an estimated 13 million more women by 2016.  Women also gain improved access to maternity coverage, preventative health services, and Medicaid coverage.

The Affordable Care Act and Participation Rates in MedicaidIssue Brief, March 2012.  (PDF – 250 KB)
The Affordable Care Act extends Medicaid eligibility to all US citizens and other qualified residents with family incomes at or below 133% of the federal poverty level.  This brief provides estimates of projected Medicaid enrollment rates under the ACA.

Expanded Insurance Coverage For Young Adults of All Races and EthnicitiesIssue Brief, March 2012.  (PDF – 40KB)
The Affordable Care Act allows young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26.  A JAMA research study finds that an additional 2.9% of all young adults gained access to health care, with larger increases for minority groups.

105 Million Americans No Longer Face Lifetime Limits on Health BenefitsIssue Brief, March 2012.  (PDF – 194 KB)
The Affordable Care Act prohibits health plans from imposing a lifetime dollar limit on most benefits received by Americans in any health plan renewing on or after September 23, 2010.  Lifetime limits had previously affected 105 million Americans.

ACA and Preventive Services Coverage Without Cost-SharingIssue Brief, February 2012.  (PDF – 130 KB)
The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide coverage and eliminate cost-sharing for preventive services such as colonoscopies, Pap smears, and flu shots.  More than 54 million American men, women, and children of all ages may now receive such services without cost sharing.

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