Health Care Access and Utilization Among U.S. Immigrants Before and After the Affordable Care Act
We examine changes in health insurance coverage and access to and utilization of health care before and after the national implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) among the U.S. adult immigrant population. Data from the 2011–2016 National Health Interview Survey are used to compare adult respondents in 2011–2013 (before the ACA implementation) and 2014–2016 (after the ACA implementation). Multivariable logistic regression analyses are used to compare changes over time. This study shows that the ACA has closed the coverage gap that previously existed between U.S. citizens and non-citizen immigrants. We find that naturalized citizens, non-citizens with more than 5 years of U.S. residency, and non-citizens with 5 years or less of U.S. residency reduced their probability of being uninsured by 5.81, 9.13, and 8.23%, respectively, in the first 3 years of the ACA. Improvements in other measures of access and utilization were also observed.
KeywordsAffordable Care Act ACA Immigrants Access to care Health care reform Health insurance
AVB—study design, development and implementation of methods, data analysis, manuscript preparation. JC—study design, development and implementation of methdos, data analysis, and manuscript editing. RMM—Study design, manuscript editing. ANO—Manuscript editing.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.
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