Large numbers of immigrants and low-wage workers saw coverage, too
Minorities, immigrants and low-wage workers saw the most significant gains in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act during its first full year, according to a New York Timesanalysis.
The largest rise in coverage rates was among immigrants of all backgrounds, including more than a million legal residents who are not United States citizens.
The analysis also found Hispanics accounted for nearly one-third of adults who gained coverage, even though they account for just 17 percent of the overall U.S. population.
Other minority groups also saw large gains, along with low-wage workers such as waiters, cashiers, hairdressers, cooks and dishwashers.
By the end of the Affordable Care Act’s first full year, 2014, the number of low-income people who were newly insured was so large that it stopped the huge gap in coverage between poor and better-off Americans.
But the law has much farther to go before achieving universal coverage, partially because of the 19 states that have refused toexpand their Medicaid programs for the poor.