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Study: Most states implementing ‘major’ aspects of ACA

With approximately 3 million Americans having some form of insurance benefits as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to government data, states have taken a variety of different steps to put the tenants of the healthcare reform law into effect, according to a recent report.

The analysis, which was completed by nonpartisan public policy organization the Commonwealth Fund, found most of the states have instituted fundamental components of the ACA. Only five states – including Missouri – do not have any of the law’s most substantial components in effect.

Additionally, among those that have put the tenets of the law in place, most have gone about it in different ways. For example, more than 30 states have legislation that forbids insurers from denying someone for pre-existing conditions and 16 have established their own exchanges rather than utilizing the federal government’s.

“It’s very encouraging that nearly all states have taken some steps toward implementing or enforcing the Affordable Care Act,” said Sara Collins, vice president of the Commonwealth Fund. “Already we can see the positive impact of their efforts as millions of people are gaining health insurance coverage through expanded Medicaid and the health insurance marketplaces.”

Where state exchanges are established, they routinely release the latest numbers for how many people have signed up for coverage. Kynect in Kentucky, MNsure in Minnesota and Access Health CT in Connecticut are a few of them.

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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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