STUDY FINDS HEALTH COVERAGE GROWS UNDER AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

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Insurance coverage has increased across all types of insurance since the major provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act took effect, with a total of 16.9 million people becoming newly enrolled through February 2015, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Researchers estimate that from September 2013 to February 2015, 22.8 million Americans became newly insured and 5.9 million lost coverage, for a net of 16.9 million newly insured Americans.

Among those newly gaining coverage, 9.6 million people enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans, followed by Medicaid (6.5 million), the individual marketplaces (4.1 million), nonmarketplace individual plans (1.2 million) and other insurance sources (1.5 million).

The study also estimates that 125.2 million Americans -- about 80 percent of the nonelderly population that had insurance in September 2013 -- experienced no change in the source of insurance during the period, according to findings published online by the journal Health Affairs.

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