“It would seem that lower-income Americans are among the greatest beneficiaries of the A.C.A’s reforms. And yet in some states the same population also remains, paradoxically, among the reforms’ greatest losers. This subpopulation is living inside a kind of dead zone.” This from a recent New York Times article that investigates those who have been excluded from the Affordable Care Act and the physical and psychological impact that being uninsured has on the people that fall within this coverage gap.
The gap is described in the article as a “new enough phenomenon” meaning that there really is not much research at this time to understand the distinct ways in which it is affecting people in their daily lives. Researchers, primarily medical anthropologists, are now beginning to specifically focus on these communities to gain more insight into the effects of being uninsured.
This important article gives us an intimate glance into the lives of some people who have fallen into this coverage gap. Please share your thoughts with us.