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U.S. consumers who dislike their new health coverage may have more money and fewer health problems than consumers who like their new coverage. Researchers at the Commonwealth Fund have published data raising that possibility in a summary of results from a recent telephone survey of 4,425 U.S. adults ages 19 to 64 conducted from April 9 through June 2, 2014. The researchers compared those results with results from an earlier telephone survey of 6,132 U.S. adults ages 19 to 64 conducted from July 15, 2013, to Sept. 8, 2013.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has now expanded adults’ access to Medicaid in many states; created a public health insurance exchange system; created standardized “qualified health plans” (QHPs) that can be sold either through public exchanges or outside exchanges; and imposed many new underwriting and benefits design requirements on ordinary individual and family major medical coverage.

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