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ACA: Biggest Health Coverage Gains for Minorities

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ACA: Biggest Health Coverage Gains for Minorities

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.

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