The Affordable Care Act will help make health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans. For African Americans, like other racial and ethnic minorities, the law will address inequities and will increase access to quality, affordable health coverage, invest in prevention and wellness, and give individuals and families more control over their care.
African Americans suffer from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes at higher levels than the general population.
For example, in 2010, 37 percent of African Americans were obese, compared to 26% of whites1. Expanding opportunities for coverage can improve health outcomes for African Americans.
Already, the Affordable Care Act has benefited the nearly 85% of Americans who already have insurance: 3.1 million young adults have gained coverage through the parents’ plans, 6.6 million seniors are paying less for prescription drugs, 105 million Americans are paying less for preventative care & no longer face lifetime coverage limits, 13.1 million Americans have received rebates from insurance companies and 17 million children with pre-existing conditions no longer denied coverage or charged extra. Visit www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series for helpful resources to get more information on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace.