Surveys of more than 400,000 Americans confirm earlier reports that suggested more than 10 million people who were not insured before got health insurance under Obamacare, researchers said Wednesday. “The pattern of coverage gains was consistent with the effects of the Affordable Care Act, with major gains for persons likely to be eligible for expanded Medicaid,” they wrote in their report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The group led by health economist Dr. Benjamin Sommers of the Harvard School of Public Health, who’s also an adviser to the Health and Human Services Department, used a Gallup-Healthways poll and extra analysis to try and figure out how many people gained health insurance on the new, Internet-based exchanges or through the expansion of Medicaid in 26 states and Washington. D.C. “We found a significant decline in the uninsured rate among nonelderly adults that coincided with the initial open-enrollment period under the ACA,” they wrote.
-- Maggie Fox
First published July 23 2014, 2:02 PM
Maggie Fox is senior health writer for NBCNews.com and TODAY.com, writing top news on health policy, medical treatments and disease.
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She's a former managing editor for healthcare and technology at National Journal and global health and science editor for Reuters based in Washington, D.C. and London.
She's reported for news agencies, radio, newspapers, magazines and television from across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe covering news ranging from war to politics and, of course, health and science. Her reporting has taken Maggie to Lebanon, Syria and Libya; to China, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Pakistan; to Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia and to Ireland and Northern Ireland and across the rest of Europe.
Maggie has won awards from the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the National Immunization Program, the Overseas Press Club and other organizations. She's done fellowships at Harvard Medical School, the National Institutes of Health and the University of Maryland.