(Bloomberg) — Getting uninsured people signed up for health coverage will get harder this year as the program tries to access poorer, younger, harder-to-reach individuals, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday.
There are about 10.5 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for Medicaid expansion coverage or public exchange coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Burwell said during a speech at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington. Many are confused about how subsidies PPACA created to help people afford insurance can be accessed, Burwell said.
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“Those who are still uninsured are going to be a bigger challenge,” she said in her prepared remarks. “Our research tells us that they will be harder to reach.”
The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that an additional 6 million people will gain health insurance next year through PPACA, most of them through the public exchange system.