A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looks at data on patient access to health care. Using the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey data from 2012-2015, researchers examined insurance coverage, access to primary care, prescription medicine, affordable health care and overall health of more than 500,000 Americans. The authors concluded that, “The ACA’s first 2 open enrollment periods were associated with significantly improved trends in self-reported coverage, access to primary care and medications, affordability, and health. Low-income adults in states that expanded Medicaid reported significant gains in insurance coverage and access compared with adults in states that did not expand Medicaid.” Full story.
Related story: “Health Care Spending is Up,” from The Hill.