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Has the Affordable Care Act accomplished its goals?
A new review of the published literature indicates that the Affordable Care Act has made significant progress in accomplishing two of its main goals -- decreasing the number of uninsured and improving access to care. (2016-09-07)

Contacts with primary care physicians did not increase after the Affordable Care Act
At the same time the Affordable Care Act increased the number of insured Americans, analysis of health care industry data shows a continued decline in contact with primary care physician services. (2019-11-12)

ACA could change costs for auto, malpractice and other insurance, study finds
The Affordable Care Act focuses on reforming health insurance, but the federal legislation also could have an impact on other forms of insurance. A new study finds that the Affordable Care Act may alter costs for automobile, workers' compensation and malpractice insurance, with changes being as much as 5 percent in some states. (2014-04-09)

Nonphysician practitioners absorbing more new patient requests post Affordable Care Act
The advent of the Affordable Care Act has led to millions of new patients seeking primary care. Because the number of primary care physicians has remained stable, access to care has been a concern. (2019-07-10)

Republicans less likely to be critical about Obamacare when thinking of their own medical needs
US Republican voters are less likely to be critical about the performance of the controversial 'Obamacare' health reforms when they are reminded about their own medical needs, new research shows. (2017-03-23)

AAP president discusses impact of health care reform
Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., F.A.A.P., president of the American Academy of Pediatrics will address attendees on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. Dr. Palfrey's talk is from 10:30 to 11 a.m. PT at the Moscone Center. (2010-10-02)

Out-of-pocket medical spending will drop for many under Affordable Care Act, study finds
Making health care insurance more affordable is one key goal of the Affordable Care Act. A new study finds that out-of-pocket medical expenses will decline for most consumers who become newly insured or change their source of health insurance under the program. (2013-10-01)

New study: Health reform to make health insurance affordable for nearly all families
Ninety percent of American families living above the federal poverty level will be able to afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The report finds that new subsidies available through health insurance exchanges established under the law will make premiums affordable for most families. But the authors also warn that high out-of-pocket costs will likely mean some families will still be unable to afford health-related expenses. (2011-04-27)

More breast cancers were diagnosed at early stage after Affordable Care Act took effect
A Loyola University Chicago study published this month has found an increase in the percentage of breast cancer patients who were diagnosed in early Stage 1, after the Affordable Care Act took effect. The increases in Stage 1 diagnoses were higher among African American and Latina breast cancer patients, compared to white patients. (2017-06-23)

16.9 million Americans gained health coverage under Affordable Care Act, study finds
A new study is the first to examine health insurance transitions since the end of the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. It finds that coverage has increased across all types of insurance, with 22.8 million Americans becoming newly insured and 5.9 million losing coverage, for a net of 16.9 million newly insured Americans. (2015-05-06)

Expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania would increase federal revenue to the state, study finds
Study finds expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act would boost federal revenue to the state by more than $2 billion annually and provide 340,000 residents with health insurance. (2013-03-28)

Does dual enrollment in VA and Medicare advantage plans improve or fragment care?
A new Health Services Research study has found that while dual use does not appear to erode quality of care, there's also no evidence that it improves it. (2015-04-07)

Affordable Care Act made cancer screening more accessible for millions, study finds
From 2011 to 2013, the ACA resulted in an 8 percent increase in the diagnoses of early-stage colorectal cancer among US seniors aged 65 and older. (2017-01-18)

Affordable Care Act benefitted low-income HIV patients in Virginia, study finds
In an important examination of the effect of the Affordable Care Act, researchers have determined that low-income Virginians with HIV had better outcomes when enrolled in Affordable Care Act healthcare plans. The study is believed to be the first to compare Affordable Care Act outcomes with the previous standard of care for this vulnerable patient population. (2015-10-14)

UMD study shows that Affordable Care Act has reduced racial/ethnic health disparities
The Affordable Care Act has significantly improved insurance coverage and use of health care for African Americans and Latinos, according to a new study led by researchers in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. (2015-12-02)

North Carolina simplifies medicaid enrollment, improves coverage for pregnant women
North Carolina did not expand Medicaid eligibility under the ACA, which continued to put many low-income women at risk for losing health care coverage post partum. The state did comply with ACA standards for simplifying Medicaid enrollment. By automating the process and removing a stringent and often cumbersome financial assessment process, more low-income women qualified for full Medicaid and reduced the number of women who instead qualified for more limited benefits under the state's Medicaid for Pregnant Women program. (2021-01-12)

Obamacare key to improving access in Mexican-American patients with hypertension
A Drexel study found that the Affordable Care Act, if embraced, can dramatically reduce disparities between Mexican-heritage people and white patients with hypertension. (2017-06-16)

The Lancet: Universal health coverage for US military veterans within reach, but many still lack coverage
Over a million US military veterans lacked healthcare coverage in 2012, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. While many people believe that all veterans are covered by the Veterans Affairs health care system, less than half -- 8.9 million -- of the 22 million veterans in the US are covered by VA health benefits, and most veterans are covered by private health insurance. Uninsured veterans are more likely to be young, single, African-American, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. (2014-11-23)

Affordable Care Act led to improved treatment of colorectal cancer among young adults
An Affordable Care Act provision that allowed young adults to be covered under their parents' insurance led to a shift to earlier-stage diagnosis and more timely receipt of adjuvant chemotherapy among young colorectal cancer patients, according to a new American Cancer Society study. The study appears in JNCI. (2019-12-19)

ACP applauds President Obama's call for state innovation on health insurance coverage
The American College of Physicians (ACP) today applauded President Obama for advocating that states have an earlier option to design their own approaches to provide coverage to their residents, as long as it is comparable to those offered through the health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. On Jan. 27, in its annual State of the Nation's Health Care Report, ACP recommended support for the same bipartisan Empowering States to Innovate Act. (2011-02-28)

ACA reduced disparities in health care between Mexican-heritage Latinos and other Latinos
Previous studies have shown that Mexican immigrants living in the United States are less likely to have insurance or to report a usual source of care than Mexican-Americans, other Latinos and non-Latino whites. But the Affordable Care Act may have made it easier for them to access health care when they need it. (2018-09-04)

Eliminating ACA subsidies would cause nearly 10 million to lose insurance, study finds
The US Supreme Court has agreed to decide a case this year that challenges whether it is legal to offer subsidies to low- and moderate-income people who purchase coverage through federally run health insurance marketplaces. A new study finds that ending those subsidies would sharply boost costs and reduce enrollment in the individual market by more than 9.6 million. (2015-01-08)

ACA Medicaid expansion resulted in fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas
The findings indicate the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was positively associated with improved hospital performance and a substantially lower likelihood of hospital closure especially in rural markets and counties where residents were largely uninsured adults prior to Medicaid expansion. (2018-01-08)

The Lancet: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act catalyses unprecedented collaboration between health care and public health
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by US President Barack Obama in 2010, can advance public health in the USA by supporting increased emphasis on prevention, and reversing the historic division between public health and private health care services, according to the authors of new research published in The Lancet as part of a new Series, 'The Health of Americans.' (2014-06-30)

Affordable Care Act expands health coverage to more patients, although differences remain
This research appears in the September/October 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. (2017-09-12)

Expanding Medicaid is best financial option for states, study finds
Much debate has occurred about whether states should expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. A new study finds that states that choose not to expand Medicaid will leave millions of their residents without health insurance and increase spending, at least in the short term, on the cost of treating uninsured residents. (2013-06-03)

Medicaid expansion linked to lower uninsured rates
After full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the percent of uninsured decreased substantially in Medicaid expansion states among low-income nonelderly adults with newly diagnosed cancer. (2017-09-08)

UTHealth research: Vermont's health care reform has lessons for other states
Vermont's aggressive health care reform initiatives can serve as a roadmap for other states, according to a Master of Public Health candidate at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The paper, (2013-04-03)

Medicaid expansion popular among Americans connected to program
A concerted effort by Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hit a surprising road block earlier this year: strong pushback against cuts to Medicaid. According to new findings from researchers at the University of Chicago, Medicaid is now seen as an important part of the middle-class social safety net, thanks to nearly 60 percent of Americans being connected to the program directly or through a family member or close friend. (2017-12-11)

Internists note 'close alignment' with policies in America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009
The president of the American College of Physicians (ACP) today told the chairmen of the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor Committees that America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, H.R. 3200, is (2009-07-15)

Partisanship shapes beliefs about political and non-political issues
A pre-election survey by the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago found that party affiliation alters how people react to political as well as non-political issues, including how individuals assess their own financial well-being. The results suggest that partisanship is often a substitute for knowledge and personal experience, researchers said. (2012-11-12)

Obamacare led to gains for children, but gaps persist for Latino kids
A new Drexel University-led study found that the national implementation of the Affordable Care Act led to improved health insurance coverage and well-child visits for all youth, but disparities remained for Latino children. (2017-07-24)

Affordable Care Act could cause people to leave their jobs
As a consequence of the Affordable Care Act, between 500,000 and 900,000 Americans may choose to stop working. That possibility is predicted in a new analysis of an analogous situation in reverse: the abrupt end of Tennessee's Medicaid expansion in 2005. That year, Tennessee dropped 170,000 of its citizens from Medicaid. It was the largest Medicaid disenrollment in the history of the program. (2013-07-15)

Health reform essential to young adults: Nearly half can't afford needed health care
Young adults ages 19-29 are struggling to get the health care they need more than almost any other age group, demonstrating the need for Affordable Care Act provisions, some already in place, that will expand health insurance and make it more affordable, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. In 2010, 45 percent of young adults couldn't afford the care they needed, up from 32 percent in 2001. (2011-05-26)

Study finds access to specialists in Affordable Care Act plans may be inadequate
While 12 million Americans are enrolled in health care networks through the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association raises concerns about patient access to specialists within these insurance plans. (2015-11-05)

Loyola receives grant to develop health improvement program for low-income minorities
Loyola University Chicago health sciences researchers have received a $500,000 grant from the George M. Eisenberg Foundation for Charities, based in Arlington Heights, Ill., for a 10-year study to improve the health of low-income minority residents in communities surrounding Loyola's Health Sciences Campus in Maywood. The grant is an affirmation of Loyola's commitment to public health and community service. (2015-02-18)

Study: Obamacare benefitted Latinos, but persistent disparities remain
A new study found that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, helped improve access and utilization of health care for Latinos, but the benefits varied by heritage group and persistent disparities remain. (2017-01-09)

Former prisoners more likely to be hospitalized for preventable conditions
Complications of diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and other preventable conditions are more likely to land former prisoners in the hospital, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in the July 22 online issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. (2013-07-22)

Repealing ACA would leave more veterans uninsured, increase pressure on VA
Talk continues among some policymakers about whether to repeal or replace the federal Affordable Care Act. A new study finds that such action could increase the demand for service in the Veterans Affairs medical system, while also increasing the number of veterans who have no insurance coverage at all. (2017-09-14)

Obamacare saps enthusiasm for government health-care spending
The Affordable Care Act has eroded support for federal health care spending not just from Republicans, but also from Democrats and independents, a Johns Hopkins University study has found. (2015-09-21)

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