Estimates of Eligibility for ACA Coverage among the Uninsured by Race and Ethnicity

In mid-October, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released an analysis estimating the eligibility for assistance for uninsured, non-elderly in the US under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A new analysis uses this data to provide national estimates of eligibility for ACA coverage options by race/ethnicity. The analysts found:

  • More than half (55%) of the total 32.3 million nonelderly uninsured are people of color.
  • Just over half (52%) of uninsured Whites and Blacks qualify for assistance under the ACA
  • A smaller share of uninsured Hispanics (41%) qualifies for assistance compared to uninsured Whites (52%).
  • Uninsured Whites are more likely to be eligible for assistance in Medicaid expansions states compared to non-expansion states (62% vs. 43%) since there is no coverage gap in the expansion states
  • Medicaid expansion decisions have a large impact on eligibility for coverage among uninsured Blacks.
  • Most uninsured Hispanics remain ineligible for assistance in both expansion and non-expansion states (predominantly due to immigration status).

Read the full analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Download a PDF of the analysis.