GAO: PPACA Could Extend Coverage to 5.3M Children, But Leave 1.7M Uncovered

A Government Accountability Office report estimates that three-quarters of the 7 million children who were uninsured in January 2009 will be eligible for coverage under health coverage expansions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Specifically, around 5.3 million children could receive health coverage through expansions in Medicaid, the state Children's Health Insurance Program or the new premium tax credit under the PPACA.

The 1.7 million children who are ineligible for benefit expansions are either non-citizens, part of a family with an income too high to be eligible for Medicaid expansion or ineligible for the premium tax credit because of access to an affordable employer-sponsored insurance family plan, according to the report.

The number of children eligible for insurance could fluctuate depending on whether states choose to opt-out of Medicaid expansion.

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