Health Care Coverage by Area
About the map
The USC Price Center for Social Innovation showcases how the uninsured population changed before and after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for large metro areas in Los Angeles County. According to the Center, “As of the end of 2016, 28 million Americans were still without health insurance despite the historic gains in insurance coverage following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014. Many Americans are still without health insurance for a variety of reasons. For some who live in states that didn’t expand Medicaid eligibility, who don’t have internet access at home, or who are not legal citizens of the U.S., there are barriers in the enrollment process. For others, even the subsidized healthcare provided by the Affordable Care Act remains unaffordable. It is critical that insurance companies, lawmakers, and healthcare institutions solve these access and affordability issues, because there are wide-ranging costs of going uninsured” (May 2018).
About the timeframe
Although the ACA became federal law in March 2010, it did not directly affect Los Angeles County until the state’s first open enrollment. Propel L.A. Analysis considers 2013 as “Pre-ACA” because the first open enrollment started on October 1, 2013 and 2015 as “Post-ACA” because the first open enrollment ended in April 2014.