Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, there has been a sharp drop in the uninsured rate among women, along with major increases in Medicaid and private insurance coverage. In 2013, the Kaiser women's health survey found nearly one in five non-elderly women were uninsured. By 2017, this had dropped to one in ten. Just as before the ACA, uninsured rates are higher among subgroups of women, particularly those who are low-income and Latina. While coverage is a major factor for women's access to care, many other factors play a role as well, including insurer practices, out of pocket costs, and provider availability. This brief presents findings from the 2017 Kaiser Women's Health Survey, a nationally representative survey of women ages 18 to 64 on their coverage, use, and access to health care services. The Kaiser Family Foundation has conducted surveys on women's health care in 2001, 2004, 2008, and 2013. This brief focuses on findings from the newest 2017 survey and also presents some findings compared to earlier years.
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