WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement in response to a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which shows a record-breaking 31 million Americans have health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In Nevada, 355,412 residents have gained health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
“In the years since the Affordable Care Act’s enactment, we’ve seen first-hand the positive effects that this robust health care law has had and the benefits the American people have experienced,” said Senator Rosen. “Access to affordable, quality health care is truly life-changing for many individuals and families in my great state of Nevada and across the United States. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Nevada’s uninsured rate has been reduced by nearly half since 2013. These new numbers released by HHS this week show just how important accessible health coverage is to the health and well-being of all Americans. We must continue to build on the success of the Affordable Care Act and I will keep fighting to further improve access to quality affordable care and coverage.”
BACKGROUND: As of February 2021, 79,976 Nevada residents were enrolled in Marketplace coverage, and according to December 2020 data, 275,436 were newly eligible enrollees in Medicaid coverage thanks to the ACA. Nevada’s uninsured rate fell from 20.7 percent in 2013 before the full implementation of the ACA to 11.4 percent as of 2019.