Changes in Insurance Coverage, Access to Care, and Health Care Affordability for Women of Childbearing Age

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Changes in Insurance Coverage, Access to Care, and Health Care Affordability for Women of Childbearing Age

Abstract

  • Between summer 2013 and winter 2014–15, the uninsurance rate among women of childbearing age decreased from 19.6 percent to 13.3 percent as 5.5 million women gained coverage.
  • Low-income women in Medicaid nonexpansion states did not experience the same gains as low-income women in expansion states.
  • Access to care held steady between summer 2013 and winter 2014–15, with no change in the share of women with a usual source of care or recent routine checkup.
  • Affordability of care improved, particularly for low-income women in Medicaid expansion states, who reported a 10.4 percentage-point decrease in unmet need for care because of cost.
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