The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) includes a much-discussed requirement that people secure health insurance coverage for themselves and their children. This “individual responsibility requirement” is an essential element of the new law, which will play a vital role in increasing the number of people with health insurance and make it possible to adopt a broad range of popular insurance reforms. This document provides policymakers and advocates with a detailed explanation of why the requirement was included in the new law and how it will work.
- 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)