Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Financing Health Care - Part 1
Lecture:The history of the health insurance industry in the U.S.
Slide content:Benefits of ACA Rate of uninsurance has fallen from 18% to 11% (Gallup, 2016) Continued slowing of spending growth; amount due to ACA unknown (Martin, 2016) No change in employment or reported hours worked (Moriya, 2015) Increased economic growth, especially in states expanding Medicaid (ASPE, 2015) Reduced uncompensated care (ASPE, 2015 ) 19
Slide notes:While there has been much political controversy over the ACA, it has resulted in a number of benefits to people using the health care system. Most importantly, the rate of those without health insurance in the U.S. has fallen from 18% to 11% since its inception. There have been other benefits as well. There has been continued slowing of the growth of spending on health care, although the amount attributable to the ACA is unknown. Despite warnings from critics of the legislation, there has been no change in employment or reported hours worked, as some predicted. There has also been increased economic growth, especially in states expanding Medicaid, along with a reduction in the amount of uncompensated care provided by hospitals and other health care organizations. 19