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Louisville Researcher Looks at the Impact of the ACA in Kentucky Related to Poverty

Dr. Joseph Benitez, assistant professor in the department of health management & system sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences, recently studied the impact of the ACA in Kentucky on disparities in health insurance coverage and access to care due to poverty. Benitez and his research team found much of the large reduction in Kentucky’s uninsured rate between 2013 through 2015 was driven by an uptake in coverage within the state’s areas (i.e. ZIP codes) with high concentrations of poverty. Similarly, statistically and substantively meaningful reductions in experiencing delays or forgone needed medical care due to cost, in addition to having a regular source of medical care, were almost entirely concentrated among Kentuckians living in poorer ZIP codes. The study published this week in Health Services Research. Read the complete study.