A recent national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation has shown that around half of the 32 million Americans without health insurance are just a simple sign-up away from getting coverage. It’s hard to say how many of these 16 million people are intentionally choosing to go without health care, but it seems likely that the biggest problem is a lack of information or outright misinformation.
The Coverage Gap
One aspect of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of Medicaid, a national program meant to help pay medical bills for the disabled and the exceptionally poor. This expansion increased the maximum income you could have and still get coverage to just above the federal poverty line, but because the Medicaid and Medicare programs also require some state funds, 20 states decided to opt out, creating a coverage gap.
However, the 16 million identified by the study fall into a different sort of coverage gap. These are families or individuals who qualify for the
expanded coverage in the 30 states that offer it but who haven’t signed up, and they’re also the people who qualify for tax credits which would help pay for their health care premiums.
Expanding The Information Coverage
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has done much to reduce the number of people in America without health care coverage. In the last two years alone, the number has gone down by a quarter, around 10 million people. However, if we want to reduce the number further, it would seem that the government doesn’t need a new law, it simply needs to inform more people about the laws already in place.
Statistically speaking, 1 in 25 Americans who read this article could have affordable or free health insurance but don’t. And if you think that means you, then don’t forget that open enrollment starts soon.
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