18M gained coverage from ObamaCare: study


About 18 million people have gained health insurance because of ObamaCare, according to a new study. 

{mosads}The study from the Urban Institute finds that without the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 18.1 million more adults would be uninsured as of March 2015. 

The finding is similar to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services last month that found 20 million people had gained coverage because of the health law as of early 2016.

Separately, a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that last year the uninsured rate fell to a record low of 9.1 percent. 

“This provides yet another piece of evidence that the coverage expansion achieved by the ACA has been massive,” said Katherine Hempstead, who directs coverage issues at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the Urban Institute study.

The study took into account other effects, such as the improving economy, and still found that 18 million people gained coverage because of ObamaCare. 

That translates to a 46 percent reduction in the uninsured rate due to ObamaCare, the study finds. 

The study also found that 16.9 million people gained coverage from the health law’s main provisions: its marketplaces and expansion of Medicaid. The rest of the expansion is from 1.2 million people able to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26. 

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