HHS: 20M people gained health coverage under ACA

An estimated 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act between the passage of the health reform law in 2010 and early 2016, according to HHS.

The 20 million figure includes those who have received private health insurance on the ACA exchanges, those who gained Medicaid coverage under state expansion and young adults who were able to stay on their parents' health plans until age 26.

"We have seen progress in the last six years that the country has sought for generations," said HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. "Americans with insurance through the health insurance marketplace or through their employers have benefited from better coverage and a reduction in the growth in healthcare costs."

The report noted that 6.1 million uninsured young adults ages 19 to 25 have gained insurance under the ACA. "This is especially important because young adults were particularly likely to be uninsured before the law went into effect," said HHS. Between October 2013 and early 2016, the number of uninsured young adults fell by 46.5 percent.

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