Waiting periods make no sense when the goal is to create near universal access to continuous coverage and families are penalized for not having insurance. Given the administrative complexity of transitioning children between coverage options, it is virtually impossible to ensure that they will not face a gap in coverage. To this end, 16 of 38 states with waiting periods are dropping their waiting periods. This new brief examines changes that the Affordable Care Act makes to waiting periods and provides an updated 50-state table showing the current status of waiting periods across the country.
- The ACA has the potential to cut the number of uninsured children by 40%. (Source:Improving Coverage for Children Under Health Reform)
- The ACA has helped maintain or improve access to preventive services for 54% of children. (Source: ACA Protects and Improves Access to Preventive Care for Children)
- 47 states have applied for or received increased federal funds to make major upgrades to Medicaid enrollment systems (Source: Getting Into Gear for 2014)
- In 2012, 92.8% of children in the United States had health insurance coverage. (Source: Children's Health Coverage on the Eve of the Affordable Care Act)
- In January 2014, eligibility levels for parents and childless adults will significantly increase in the 26 states, including DC, that are expanding Medicaid to adults. (Source: New! Getting Into Gear for 2014)