By Denny Roberge
SURVEY: UNINSURED RATE FELL –
Nine and a half million previously uninsured Americans obtained health coverage from July-September 2013 to April-June of this year, says the Commonwealth Fund's Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey released today.
The uninsured rate fell most sharply among groups with historically low coverage - young adults, Latinos and low-income individuals.
About six in 10 of those who signed up for private plans and two-thirds of those who enrolled in Medicaid didn't have coverage before, the survey found.
And so far, most new enrollees are feeling optimistic about their new coverage and they're already using it.
Read the report at: http://bit.ly/1r9f7nC
DID ANTI-OBAMACARE ADS SPUR ENROLLMENT? –
Well this would be quite the irony.
Niam Yaraghi of the Brookings Institution has concluded that ads attacking the Affordable Care Act may have backfired and prompted signups rather than discouraging them.
When he looked at spending in hot spots across the country and controlled for other factors such as income and insurance costs, he found a positive association between anti-ACA spending and enrollment.
"Anti-ACA ads may unintentionally increase the public awareness about the existence of a governmentally subsidized service and its benefits for the uninsured," he writes.
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