Study: 20M have insurance under O-Care

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Twenty million people now have health insurance under ObamaCare, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study from the Commonwealth Fund released Wednesday found that in addition to the 8 million people who signed up for insurance in new marketplaces through the end of April, an additional 12 million have coverage through other provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

Included in that total are 6 million who gained coverage through Medicaid expansion and extended funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Commonwealth Fund also estimates about 5 million people who were ineligible for health insurance because of age or preexisting conditions are now covered because of the ACA.


An estimated 8 million young adults were able to get health insurance through their parents plans, the study found. Under ObamaCare, they are allowed to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.

Many of those young adults would likely have gone on to obtain coverage through work or private insurance but the study estimates at least a million would have remained uninsured without the provision.

“It is not known how many were uninsured before, but the number of young adults without insurance is estimated to have declined by between 1 million and 3 million since this provision took effect in 2010,” says the study.

The study’s estimates are just under the 22 million figure former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusWorking for lasting change Former HHS secretary Sebelius joins marijuana industry group More than 200 Obama officials sign letter supporting Biden's stimulus plan MORE said had coverage thanks to ObamaCare in a speech in June.

But some critics say those figures are inflated and question how many enrollees have actually paid premiums or were previously uninsured.

The report’s authors say they do not know exactly how many of the 20 million were previously uninsured, but cite CBO projects that the law will decrease the number of uninsured by 12 million this year and 26 million in 2017.

A Kaiser study released last month estimated that nearly six in 10 enrollees in the marketplaces previously lacked coverage.