Brief Taking Stock: Health Insurance Coverage for Parents under the ACA in 2014
Genevieve M. Kenney, Nathaniel Anderson, Sharon K. Long, Lisa Dubay, Stacey McMorrow, Lisa Clemans-Cope, Michael Karpman, Doug Wissoker
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In this brief, we use data from the June 2014 Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) to examine changes in health insurance coverage for parents since September 2013. The HRMS was designed to provide early feedback on ACA implementation to complement the more robust assessments that will be possible when the federal surveys release their estimates of changes in health insurance coverage later in 2014 and in 2015. We find that the uninsurance rate declined by 14.4 percent for parents nationally between September 2013 and June 2014 and by 33.3 percent for parents in states that expanded Medicaid. As the ACA moves forward, it will be important to assess (1) whether these coverage gains translate into improvements in access to care, health status, and financial well-being for parents and (2) the extent of positive spillover effects on parents' children.

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Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health insurance