The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has enabled more Americans to be covered by health care insurance. It also provides more free health care services that will help keep people healthy, such as mammograms and flu shots. As a result, an estimated 7.8 million African-Americans now have access to these important health care services.
Why Obamacare is important to African Americans
African Americans have unique health challenges. They have the highest rate of death due to cancer than any ethnic group, a lower average life expectancy than white Americans, more chronic diseases such as diabetes, and higher infant mortality rates. Preventative health care services offered through Obamacare have helped many in the black community gain access to health services that will provide early detection, improved health, and can even save their lives.
Health care, one year later...
Since Obamacare, many more African Americans not only have health insurance but are able to gain access to preventative health care services. The proof is in the numbers.
- 30 percent more non-elderly African-Americans are insured
- 1.7 million previously uninsured African-Americans now have health coverage
- 500,000 African-American young adults are now covered under their parents’ health insurance plans
Open Enrollment period ends on Feb. 15
If you are still uninsured and need information on health care, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to find out more.