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Improving the Odds for 9 Million Uninsured Adults Ages 50-64
Posted By Geraldine Smolka On January 8, 2014 @ 11:58 am In Public Policy Institute | Comments Disabled
Amid all the criticism of healthcare.gov and Obamacare these days, it’s easy to forget that a key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to help people get coverage. For people who are uninsured or underinsured, a major accident or illness is more than a health crisis; it’s a potential financial disaster. In 2012, 9 million people ages 50 through 64 were uninsured. For these individuals, the Affordable Care Act offers new opportunities for coverage and will help some pay for it. In the past, many people without insurance through their employer — especially people ages 50 through 64 — faced major problems getting insurance on the individual market. The ACA put in place reforms to knock down some of the hurdles. Five major improvements are:
By expanding access to coverage options and making individual insurance more affordable for many, the ACA has greatly improved the odds of finding coverage and receiving needed care for older uninsured adults. For more, see http://www.aarp.org/health/health-insurance/info-12-2013/effect-of-health-reform-for-50-64-year-olds-AARP-ppi-health.html 
Gerry Smolka is a senior strategic policy adviser at the AARP Public Policy Institute, where she focuses on issues related to private health insurance and the uninsured.
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