- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2014

At least 9 million previously uninsured Americans have gained health coverage through Obamacare through a mix of private enrollment, Medicaid and a part of the law that allows young people to stay on their parents’ plans, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper said that despite challenges and the risk of premiums hike that could drive new consumers away, its review of state and federal enrollment reports suggested the Affordable Care Act kicked off the greatest expansion of health coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

A February survey from McKinsey and Co. said slightly more than a quarter of new enrollees on the private marketplaces were previously uninsured, a concerning fact for the Obama administration, although a new Rand Corp. report suggests the share of previously uninsured enrollees increased in March.

The Times, citing Rand’s unpublished survey, says about 4.5 million previously uninsured adults have signed up for Medicaid programs in the states.

About 3 million young adults gained coverage in recent years through a provision that lets them stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The new Rand survey hits back at claims the health care law caused more people to lose coverage than gain it, saying fewer than a million people who held plans in 2013 were unable to stay covered by renewing old policies or through other means, the Times reports.

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