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More Americans have affordable insurance and can pay their medical bills since ACA

More Americans have healthcare coverage and access to medical care since the Affordable Care Act’s provisions took effect, according to a new research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The report, “2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy,” found the ACA has had the most far-reaching effort to improve access to care since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

The report measures access to care based on whether people have health insurance, a usual source of care, difficulty when seeking care and if they can receive care as soon as they want. After years without improvement, access to care has improved in several areas since 2010, according to the report: