Uninsured and Underinsured

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The first open enrollment period for private insurance plans offered through state and federal marketplaces ended March 31, 2014. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services released final enrollment numbers for this first year. State legislators and staff are using this opportunity to evaluate their own state’s outreach and enrollment efforts, how they compare with other states, and what actions they may want to take to prepare for the next open enrollment period, which begins on Nov. 15, 2014.




Video: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)  are community-based, nonprofit or public organizations that provide services to people who lack access to other health care, including those without insurance, residents of rural and underserved areas, and some Medicaid patients.





The number of people without health insurance totaled 48.6 million in 2011—about 18 percent of the U.S. population.   Research shows that the uninsured face significant barriers to accessing needed health care services and their medical needs affect their financial security. The federal health reform law, the Affordable Care Act of 2010, is expected to reduce the uninsured rate and help fill in the coverage gaps.

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