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Through a number of provisions — such as individual and employer mandates, health insurance exchanges, and the expansion of Medicaid — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to expand access to health care for uninsured Americans. RAND has examined implementation challenges, cost and coverage implications, Medicaid expansion, state health insurance exchanges, and reforms to both care delivery and payment.

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    Report

    How Do Consumers Make Choices in ACA Marketplaces?

    Jun 28, 2016

    Consumers have access to compare a variety of health insurance plans before selecting the one that best suits their needs. But the task can be complicated by difficulty understanding health insurance jargon, poor numeracy, inadequate decision-support tools, and too many choices.

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    Research Brief

    Connecting Consumers to Care

    Dec 4, 2015

    The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured; an emerging challenge is to help the newly insured choose coverage wisely and use it to access primary care and preventive services.

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