Health insurance coverage has been a hallmark of American life, but that doesn’t mean people who are poor or who don’t have access to coverage are without a fight.
In the past year, the number of Americans without coverage has risen for the first time since the ACA was enacted.
Health insurance coverage in the United States is relatively affordable for many low-income people, but it is not always affordable for low- to moderate-income Americans.
For example, the cost of a family of four who has income of less than $28,000 for an individual policy costs $1,547 in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For many Americans, that figure is unaffordable, and they often struggle to find the resources they need to purchase the coverage they need, or they simply don’t qualify for it.
The ACA has helped millions of low- and moderate-wage earners afford health insurance by allowing people to buy into insurance plans that meet their needs, as well as providing tax credits to help people afford coverage.
But a number of factors have made it difficult for many Americans to get access to affordable health insurance.
First, health insurance is an inherently private matter, meaning it is only offered to those who can afford to pay for it and the insurers who choose to sell their plans are not required to disclose their prices to consumers.
For instance, a plan offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, which is not a public insurer, charged $1.60 per $1 spent for its individual policy.
Another common problem is that health insurance companies don’t always have enough inventory of coverage to fill every gap, or it doesn’t always offer affordable coverage.
The lack of inventory can mean that some people simply cannot afford the cost.
In addition, the law doesn’t require health insurance plans to cover the full cost of medical care, meaning people can’t be billed for an unnecessary hospital stay.
As a result, some Americans who are eligible for health insurance under the ACA face higher out-of-pocket costs, or are forced to pay a premium that can add up to hundreds of dollars, as the Washington Post reports.
Many of these problems have been compounded by rising medical costs for low income Americans.
The median annual income for Americans with income under $40,000 was $32,895 in 2015, and those earning more than $55,000 were nearly twice as likely to have health insurance as lower-income families.
This year, it is expected that the number one cause of Americans’ uninsured will be cancer.
A study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.5 million Americans in the U