Summary of Medicaid, CHIP, and Low-Income Provisions in Health Care Reform

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On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), which is designed (with its companion set of amendments in H.R. 4782) to provide coverage to 32 million uninsured people, adopt broad-reaching reforms in insurance industry practices, make major new investments in public health, and reduce the federal deficit. By 2019, 92 percent of the non-elderly population is expected to have health insurance (94 percent if undocumented immigrants are excluded from the calculation). In that year, an additional 16 million individuals will obtain coverage through Medicaid and CHIP and 29 million will obtain coverage through new health insurance Exchanges.

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