Implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) for Addressing Health Inequalities in the United States
Insurance coverage expansions:
- Expand Medicaid income eligibility to 133% of the Federal poverty level (FPL) (some States have set eligibility well below 20% of FPL).
- Employers with 50 or more employees must offer coverage or pay a penalty for Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) receiving tax credit to purchase insurance.
- Small employers with fewer than 25 employees are eligible for tax credit to purchase insurance (among workers in small firms, 57% of Hispanics, 40% of African Americans, 40% of American Indians, and 36% of Asian Americans are uninsured).
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