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ACA Helps Urban Residents
Six-of-10 uninsured African-Americans may be eligible for subsidized health insurance, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, officials say.
A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calculated the uninsured rates by state and provided several examples of what premiums might look like for African-Americans living in major metropolitan areas.
One-fifth of uninsured African-Americans and permanent residents live the greater Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Detroit metropolitan areas, the report said.
A 27-year-old individual in Atlanta with an income of $25,000 can pay as little as $105 a month for a bronze plan after applying the tax credit, while a family of four with an income of $50,000 could pay $148 a month for a bronze plan after applying the tax credit, the report said.
“The healthcare law is working to address long-standing disparities in healthcare coverage and improve the health of the African-American community,” Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of HHS, said in a statement. “Through the health insurance marketplace, 6.8 million uninsured African-Americans have new options for affordable health coverage that covers a range of benefits, including important preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs.”
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/12/16/Six-of-10-uninsured-African-Americans-helped-by-government/UPI-31961387231674/#ixzz2oEluWKR1