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Affordable Care Act still has hurdles to jump

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has shown some signs of success in its initial year, Drew Altman, president of Kaiser Family Foundation, explained the process of getting more people to sign up for health insurance will not come easy, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Altman believes the original people who signed up for healthcare were those specially seeking to be covered, but the hard part will getting those with language barriers, immigrants and others afraid of deportation will be more difficult, the source reported.

The 2014 enrollment success has been a great start for the new federal healthcare law since it reached its plan of 7 million enrollees by the open sign-up period deadline, USA Today reported.

However, Altman explained the president will have a difficult time reaching these people within the next two years of his administration, the Journal reported. At the same time, a recent survey shows that between 8 and 9.5 million fewer adults are uninsured compared to 2013, before the ACA was instated.

There are still tens of millions of U.S. citizens that are still not covered with health insurance, but new open enrollment periods could help drop that number.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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