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The Hill reports that 18 million Americans have gained access to healthcare coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, known in many circles as ObamaCare. These findings were from a study conducted by the Urban Institute, and they are similar to another recent study that concluded that the A.C.A. allowed about 20 million Americans to have coverage.

The article stated that approximately 16.9 million Americans gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid, the law’s two main provisions. The remaining 1.2 million Americans are young adults who are allowed to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/276692-18m-people-gained-coverage-from-obamacare-study-finds



Obamacare may have brought healthcare into the homes of many Americans, but there are still many more who are without coverage and the majority of those uninsured are claiming affordability factors for the reasons.  CNBC (10/22, 1.79M) recently reported on a survey that was conducted by HealthPocket.com in which respondents were asked about such things as coverage affordability. 

The majority of adults who responded, 57 percent, said that they could only afford to pay “$100 or less” per month for health insurance in 2016.  The second most common answer, from 17 percent of respondents, was $200 per month.   Unfortunately, most plans under the Affordable Care Act cost more than $100 per month before any federal subsidies are available.

Federal subsidies are available to those who buy within the exchange and who are considered to be low to moderate income.  Currently, about 85 percent of exchange customers qualify for financial aid and a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services indicated that these same people are able to purchase plans that cost less than $100 per month after subsidy.

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The FDA has released a statement saying that they will allow food companies three years to phase out artificial trans fat from their products.  In a statement released on Tuesday, they say that partially hydrogenated oils are not “generally recognized as safe.”  Partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, are the main source of trans fats found in foods.

According to a June 18 article in Time magazine by Alexandra Sifferlin, trans fats can be found in almost 40% of everyday foods found in grocery stores.  This includes frozen pizzas and microwave popcorn.

“The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” Dr. Stephen Ostroff, acting commissioner of the FDA, said in a statement.

According to an article in US News, trans fats have been found to be related to heart disease, and cause 50,000 fatal heart attacks each year, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Consumption of trans fats, which are used by food manufacturers to improve texture and increase the shelf life of some foods, have also been found to raise cholesterol that lead to clogged arteries.

According to a June 16 article on NRN.com, trans fats can also lower levels of so-called “good cholesterol,” and has been found to increase risk of heart disease and strokes.

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