Impact of ACA Coverage Expansion on Rural and Urban Populations

On June 10th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an issue brief that analyzes how the Affordable Care Act has benefited rural America. The findings, which examine independent studies and other data, show that health coverage in rural counties increased by 8.0 percentage points between late 2013 and early 2015, and the share of rural Americans unable to afford needed care dropped by almost six percentage points during this same time period.

This ASPE report documents the success of the Health Insurance Marketplace in particular in expanding coverage and access to care in rural areas. The press release may be read here, and you may read the issue brief in its entirety here.

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