Uninsured rates drop dramatically in US states that embraced health reform law

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 12 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4397
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Since the Affordable Care Act was implemented the uninsured rate in the United States has fallen 5.6 percentage points, from 17.3% in 2013 to 11.7% in the first half of 2015, and states that embraced the law have seen the greatest declines, a new survey shows.

The survey,1 conducted by the polling company Gallup, used 2013 as the benchmark, because the following year two major provisions of the law came into effect. These were the creation of the online health insurance exchanges, where individuals and families can purchase coverage, often with the help of subsidies; …

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