In the coming years, the number of uninsured individuals will likely decline and the growth in health spending accelerate in the United States, predicts a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Sisko AM et al. Health Aff [Millwood]. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0560 [published online September 3, 2014]).
The number of uninsured is expected to decrease by nearly half, from 45 million in 2012 to 23 million by 2023, due to coverage expansions from the Affordable Care Act. For 2014, approximately 9 million individuals are projected to gain coverage, predominantly through Medicaid and the health insurance marketplaces. Also, out-of-pocket spending is expected to decline by 0.2%.
Hampton T. Report Predicts Fewer Uninsured but More Growth in Health Spending. JAMA. 2014;312(16):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14458