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Health Insurance Is Not Health Care

Health Insurance Is Not Health Care Opinion EDITORIAL Mitchell H. Katz, MD Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), low-income Ameri- What does the lack of deterioration in access under these cans (those earning less than 139% of the federal poverty level) state initiatives tell us about what will happen under the living in 25 states and the District of Columbia gained eligibil- ACA? One reason to worry that access will be more con- ity to Medicaid on January 1, strained under the ACA is that the Medicaid expansion is just 2014. The Congressional one part of the expansion of health insurance under the Budget Office estimates that ACA. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 26 mil- Related articles pages 861, 920, and 988 by 2022 there will be 12 mil- lion persons will enroll in one of the health insurance lion new enrollees into exchanges created through the ACA by 2022. When people Medicaid. Although this is an unprecedented leap forward in gain insurance, their use of services increases, especially providing low-income Americans with health insurance, it is when they first gain insurance, a phenomenon referred to as important to remember that health insurance is not health care. pent-up demand. With more people seeking http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Health Insurance Is Not Health Care

JAMA Internal Medicine , Volume 174 (6) – Jun 1, 2014

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Publisher
American Medical Association
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Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.598
pmid
24710658
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Abstract

Opinion EDITORIAL Mitchell H. Katz, MD Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), low-income Ameri- What does the lack of deterioration in access under these cans (those earning less than 139% of the federal poverty level) state initiatives tell us about what will happen under the living in 25 states and the District of Columbia gained eligibil- ACA? One reason to worry that access will be more con- ity to Medicaid on January 1, strained under the ACA is that the Medicaid expansion is just 2014. The Congressional one part of the expansion of health insurance under the Budget Office estimates that ACA. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 26 mil- Related articles pages 861, 920, and 988 by 2022 there will be 12 mil- lion persons will enroll in one of the health insurance lion new enrollees into exchanges created through the ACA by 2022. When people Medicaid. Although this is an unprecedented leap forward in gain insurance, their use of services increases, especially providing low-income Americans with health insurance, it is when they first gain insurance, a phenomenon referred to as important to remember that health insurance is not health care. pent-up demand. With more people seeking

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JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 2014

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