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Health Coverage for Women Under the Affordable Care Act

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Sarah Sugar, Joel Ruhter, Sarah Gordon, Amelia Whitman, Christie Peters, Nancy De Lew, and Benjamin D. Sommers

This brief provides an overview of the important role the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had on increasing access to comprehensive coverage among women. Over 10 million adult women (19-64) gained coverage between 2010 and 2019, as did over 7 million women of reproductive age (15-44). Despite the ACA’s coverage gains, approximately 7.9 million women of reproductive age remain uninsured. Access to comprehensive and continuous health coverage for women, particularly those of reproductive age, is critical to improving maternal and infant health. This brief examines the population of remaining uninsured women, including demographics and potential pathways to coverage.

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