Studies favorable to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have suggested the health law has brought a number of economic benefits, particularly for low-income Americans. 

But beyond health care coverage through Medicaid and subsidized private plans to millions who were previously uninsured, a new study highlights the effect of the law on the pocketbooks of America's poor

An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago found that those who gained Medicaid coverage through the PPACA saw their debt decline by an average of $600 to $1,000. 

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