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KFF: ACA significantly narrowed disparities in coverage for people of color—but those trends may be reversing

February 18, 2019 / Jacqueline Renfrow

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly narrowed the disparities in coverage experienced by people of color, but those gains may be slowing, according to a new report. A new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the disparity in health coverage by race and ethnicity between 2013 and 2017 using American Community Survey data. In 2013, 16.8% of the nonelderly population lacked insurance, with the scales tipping higher for people of color, KFF found. After the ACA coverage expansion in 2014, the Hispanic population experienced the largest coverage gain, followed by Asians, American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIAN) and blacks, compared to whites.