With the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on March 23 fast approaching, we’re getting the first estimates of the law’s effects on minority groups. According to data released by the Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday, the ACA has resulted in 97,000 Asian American young adults gaining health coverage.
This data coincides with research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) yesterday, which found that gains in coverage benefited people of all races and ethnicity. Larger increases in insurance coverage occurred among minority groups—3.5 percent for African-Africans, 4 percent for Latinos, 5.4 percent for Asians, and 18.4 percent for Native Americans. This data from the JAMA revealed that in addition to the 97,000 Asian Americans who gained coverage, 736,000 Latinos, 410,000 African-Americans, and 29,000 American Indian/Alaska Natives have also gained coverage because of the law.
“These results show that the Affordable Care Act has already made a real difference in the lives of young adults, and that the benefits have occurred for Americans across racial and ethnic lines,” Richard Kronick, HHS deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and one of the study’s authors, said. “The Affordable Care Act has helped give millions of young adults—white and black, Latino and Asian—the security of health insurance as they begin to build their careers and their families.”
According to the National Health Interview Survey, 2.5 million people between the ages of 19 and 25 have gained health insurance because of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.