According to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, about 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year as a result of the ACA. The new estimate is the largest to date and is the first to be published in a major medical journal and authored by federal health researchers. The study also found that the number of uninsured adults decreased by a little over 5 percent nationally, from 21 percent in September 2013 to 16.3 percent in April 2014. The analysis is based on data from Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a daily telephone survey of more than 400,000 adults conducted from January 2012 through June 2014. However, researchers note the data’s limitations, saying the estimate could right range from 7.3 to 17.2 million adults depending on the assumptions. The Gallup-Healthways data does not include information regarding children’s insurance coverage and also does not take into account the young adults who were able to stay on their parent’s policies.
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