Millions eligible for free health insurance not receiving it

Source: Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Nearly 28 million Americans lack health insurance despite this fact: About half of them are eligible for either free coverage or government help in buying it.

That’s both a discouraging and heartening reality behind new census data showing the country’s pool of uninsured people grew significantly for the first time since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act almost a decade ago. In most states, programs are in place for people who need help getting covered. But many aren’t availing themselves of the opportunity.

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