Report offers glimpse of health law’s Impact on Washington State

From Kaiser Health News, KUOW, and NPR:

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is weighing in on the fate of the Affordable Care Act with a report released this week about what’s at stake for Washingtonians if the law is overturned by the Supreme Court.

“There’s so much confusion and misunderstanding out there,” says Kreidler, a Democrat. “This is kind of a heads-up, an early warning that depending on what the court ends up doing, this is what’s in jeopardy for Washingtonians.”

The report finds that:

  • The uninsured in Washington have grown from 12 percent of the population in 2004 to a projected 16 percent in 2013; from about 700,000 to 1.1 million in raw numbers.
  • Some 328,000 currently uninsured Washingtonians would gain coverage under the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.
  • Another 477,400 uninsured residents of the state would qualify for subsidies to buy insurance in the exchanges.

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