Affordable Care Act Reduces Racial Disparities in Health Care Coverage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly reduced racial disparities in access to health care since 2014, according to a recent analysis by The Commonwealth Fund. The gap between uninsured rates for black adults and white adults declined 4.1 percentage points, while the gap between Hispanic and white adults dropped 9.4 points. All three racial groups saw lower uninsured rates and larger coverage improvements in Medicaid expansion states between 2013 and 2018. The report also compared the uninsured rate changes in Louisiana, which expanded Medicaid in 2016, and in Georgia, which did not expand the program. Both white and black adults with incomes under 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) saw coverage improvements from 2013 to 2015 in both states. Yet while Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion led to lower uninsured rates, Georgia’s rates remained flat after 2016.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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