5:43 PM ET Wed, 6 Nov 2018 18:43:43The number of Americans covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has risen to 6.4 million, according to a new report.
The number is up from 5.5 million in July, but still below the 7 million people covered by a separate version of the law, known as the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
The Affordable Care Code has a mandate for most Americans to buy insurance or have their income taxed to pay for it.
Under the law’s expansion of Medicaid, which has allowed states to expand their programs for the poor and middle class, about 6.5 percent of Americans are currently eligible for Medicaid.
But that percentage has been growing.
That means that for the first time since the law passed, about 12.6 million people are now covered by Medicaid, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.
The total number of people covered under Medicaid has more than doubled since the first year of the program in 2009, to more than 7.8 million.
The program covers low-income adults, children and parents with children.
Under a program known as CHIP, about 15 percent of adults and children are eligible for federal funding through the federal government, and about 12 percent of people are eligible.
That funding is meant to pay benefits to lower-income Americans, and the program covers about 1.2 million people, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But some states have opted out of the expansion of CHIP and have limited coverage, leaving the program largely unprotected for people who aren’t covered by CHIP.
“It’s a very, very important point that we don’t have coverage in states that have not expanded the Medicaid expansion,” said Susan Baca, director of health policy and politics at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
The ACA is known as “Obamacare,” after President Barack Obama signed the legislation in 2010.
The law has been blamed for soaring health care costs and soaring premiums for millions of Americans.
In June, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the law would lead to 24 million fewer Americans having insurance by 2026.
Under pressure from conservatives and Republicans, the administration is planning to extend a temporary spending bill that is expected to be voted on by the House on Thursday.
The measure, called the American Health Care Act, would allow states to opt out of some of the Medicaid expansions.
The new report shows that about 1 million Americans are still not covered by the law.
The Kaiser Family Foundation reported last week that only 13 percent of states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA were covered by that expansion in the third quarter of this year.
About 10 percent of those states were covered in the fourth quarter, and 7 percent in the first quarter.