Affordable Care Act Round-Up: 31 Million Still Uninsured

The Affordable Care Act is expected to extend health insurance coverage to millions more Americans come Jan. 1, but there will still be millions more without coverage. 

Left behind: Stories from Obamacare's 31 million uninsured

  • The Affordable Care Act is expected to extend health coverage to 25 million Americans over the next decade, but that will still leave a projected 31 million people without coverage by 2023.
  • Among those excluded are undocumented workers and poor people living in the 21 states that have declined to expand Medicaid under the ACA.
  • As a result, free clinics are planning to step up their efforts to focus on undocumented workers who can't buy insurance on the new online marketplace. Other clinics are also thinking about offering free dental care. (The Washington Post) 

North Carolina Hospital Closes, Citing No Medicaid Expansion  

  •  A small hospital in a coastal North Carolina community will close and its parent company partially blames the state governor's decision not to expand Medicaid under the ACA. 
  • The state's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation in March blocking Medicaid expansion and the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange. 
  • The new funding dedicated to Medicaid expansion will reduce the money that hospitals get to treat the uninsured and poor, leaving hospitals with a shortfall. (The Huffington Post) 
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