According to an analysis performed by the Associated Press, three out of every four Americans who do not have health insurance are residents of states that have not yet established how they will be meeting the requirements of the healthcare overhaul.
According to the same analysis, the largest medical coverage safety net in American history is progressing, but is doing so in sudden sharp leaps and pauses. At the moment, according to insurance coverage data provided by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan group, the country is in a truly patchwork condition. The fear is that there may be significant consequences to the uneven progress being made.
Among them may be delays and disparities from one state to the next, in their ability to achieve a massive health insurance expansion which is slated to be ready by 2014. This struggle may occur even if the Supreme Court chooses to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
According to senior researcher Matthew Buettgens, from the Urban Institute, though a state may have created something in time, “if it doesn’t mesh with the state’s culture and if the state is not really supporting it, that certainly won’t help it succeed.”
Only 25 percent of Americans live within the 13 states that have formed their new plans. Though there is some headway being made by another 17 states, the actual outcome for them is not yet known. The remaining 20 states which have not yet formed their plans at all are the homes of 42 percent of uninsured individuals.
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