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The Affordable Care Act: Real Help for Real Rural People PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Health, Medicine & Nutrition
Written by Elisha Smith   
Monday, 14 May 2012 15:07

Report examines how many rural Americans benefit from provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Lyons, Nebraska - On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the Center for Rural Affairs will release a new report entitled, The Affordable Care Act: Real Help for Real Rural People, the report documents findings about how many Americans have used or benefited from particular provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Where possible, the report also estimates how many rural residents and families have used or benefited from Affordable Care Act provisions. These estimates on rural participation are unique to this report, extrapolating rural participation from general public participation data and, thereby, demonstrating the importance of these provisions to America’s rural communities.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Since then numerous provisions have gone into effect or been implemented that impact health insurance coverage and provide new health care benefits for millions of Americans.

“As we have documented in a series of reports, many of these provisions are particularly applicable to rural people because of the demographics and unique economic circumstances of rural areas,” said Jon Bailey, Director of Rural Research and Analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs and author of the report. “Of course, rural people and families in large numbers have also benefited from the more general provisions of the Affordable Care Act.”

A full copy of the embargoed report can be viewed and downloaded at:, immediately and will remain available after the embargo is lifted. Center for Rural Affairs contacts are available for interview in advance of the lifting of the embargo.

Key findings in the report include


Provision People Helped Overall Rural People Helped
Young Adults with Health Insurance 2.5 million 440,000 additional
Medicare “Donut Hole” Beneficiaries 5.1 million seniors 1.1 million seniors
Medicare Annual Wellness Checks 2.3 million 500,000
Medicare Preventive Services 32.5 million seniors 6.8 million seniors
Preventive Services (Insured) 54 million 8.9 million
Lifting Lifetime Limits 105 million 17.3 million
Children with Pre-existing Conditions 17 million 3 million
Unreasonable Rate Increase Protection 76 million 12.5 million
Children’s Preventive Services 40 million 6.6 million









Note: Some individuals will qualify for more than one provision

“On March 23rd the Affordable Care Act entered into its third year as the nation’s fundamental public health care policy,” continued Bailey. “We believe it is crucial at this time to reflect on what the Affordable Care Act really does... what it actually has to offer, especially to rural Americans who have faced stern challenges in finding and accessing quality, affordable health care coverage.”

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