As Republicans begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, some consumers in Missouri are bracing for life without health insurance coverage.
“We’ve made some pretty significant gains,” said Ryan Barker, vice president of health policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health. “Missourians stand a lot to lose with the ACA if it would get repealed.”
In 2010, before the ACA, 13.2 percent of Missourians were uninsured. In 2015, the uninsured rate fell to 9.8 percent.
In Missouri, nearly 250,000 consumers have picked a health plan on HealthCare.gov for 2017 coverage.
There are an estimated 20 million Americans who have access to health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, according to the Obama administration and health policy experts who back the reform.
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