Roughly 20 million Americans have been covered under the ACA’s coverage provisions between Medicaid, the Marketplace, and children staying on their parents plan since 2010.
The 20 million figure was quoted by President Obama in July, but is likely referring to a March update. The last detailed report was a September 2015 government estimate that 17.6 million Americans had been insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act (so the update is noted a roughly 2.4 million increase, we estimate this would be mostly from Medicaid and the Marketplace).
The recent announcement by Barack Obama as part of an effort to remind people that repealing the ACA means 20 million less Americans without coverage (i.e. one of the many reasons “why Hillary”).
These numbers make sense given the statistics we have seen, and are confirmed by recent press releases and editorials including: Statement by the President on the Sixth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and the President’s expert editorial in JAMA in which the President doubled down on the public option.
Here are some facts from a March 3, 2016 HHS.Gov press release:
- 6.1 million uninsured young adults ages 19 to 25 have gained health insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act
- 2.3 million young adults gained coverage from 2010 through the start of Open Enrollment in October 2013 due to the provision that allows people under age 26 to stay on their parents’ plan
- An additional 3.8 million young adults gained coverage between October 2013 and early 2016, a 46.5 percent drop in the number of uninsured young adults over that period.
Gains in coverage because of the Affordable Care Act were strong across all racial and ethnic groups between October 2013 and early 2016.
- The uninsured rate among Black non-Hispanics dropped by more than 50 percent (from 22.4 to 10 percent); corresponding to about 3 million adults gaining coverage.
- The uninsured rate among Hispanics dropped by more than 25 percent (from 41.8 to 30.5 percent), corresponding to about 4 million Hispanic adults gaining coverage.
- The uninsured rate among White non-Hispanics declined by more than 50 percent (from 14.3 to 7.0 percent), corresponding to about 8.9 million adults gaining coverage.