While the Affordable Care Act is projected to extend health care coverage to an additional 25 million Americans in the next decade, another 31 million will remain uninsured, The Washington Post reports.
Their ranks will include undocumented persons and low-income residents of 21 states that have rejected Medicaid expansion. A thousand free clinics across the country “are redoubling efforts to help those bypassed by the law,” including undocumented workers who are ineligible to purchase coverage on the ACA’s exchanges.
“Most of our members would love to go out of business and close their doors if there was a program that ended uninsurance,” said Nicole Lamoureux Busby, executive director of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. “But this isn’t universal health care. We’re not planning to see a dramatic decrease in our patients.”