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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thanks to Obamacare, This Many Millions of African-Americans Now Have Health Insurance

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In spite of all the controversy that surrounded the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it was a success in getting millions more Americans covered with health insurance. We now have the largest reduction in over 40 years in the number of people uninsured.

What the ACA accomplished

Thanks to ACA, better known as Obamacare, 17.6 million Americans now have health insurance. That includes 2.6 million African-Americans who were previously without health insurance coverage. Yet, there are millions, particularly minority adults, who still are without coverage. A recent article in CNN Money estimated the amount to be about 13 percent of of blacks and 30 percent of Hispanics.

Efforts to get more to sign up for health insurance

Since open enrollment ends on January 31, 2016, efforts are up to full speed to get the word out to communities across the country to inform them of where and how they can still get health insurance coverage. The effort to get more U.S. citizens signed up for health care is getting national attention as well as action. This includes national organizations such as the NAACP, who are holding enrollment events in states across the country. Even Al Sharpton from the National Urban League is getting involved to get the word out to people in the community.

Under Obamacare, millions have been able to obtain affordable health insurance, many for the first time ever. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants everyone to know just how affordable health insurance can be and states that more than 7 in 10 returning Marketplace customers will be able to buy a plan for $75 or less a month in premiums after tax credits.

Read more by visiting http://blog.aids.gov/2016/01/making-sure-african-americans-get-covered.html
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