The number of uninsured working adults in the United States, and the number of adults who reported having trouble paying their health bills, both dropped in 2014 as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act began to take effect.

That's what the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, reported. The survey results, the fund said, "indicate that the Affordable Care Act's subsidized insurance options and consumer protections reduced the number of uninsured working-age adults from an estimated 37 million people, or 20 percent of the population, in 2010 to 29 million, or 16 percent, by the second half of 2014."

The researchers also credited the law with leading to the first decline in the "number of people who report cost-related access problems and medical-related financial difficulties."

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.