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“We know that access to care has improved for people who got health insurance under the ACA. But we took a unique perspective with this study and looked at the population who still have no insurance – whether by choice or as a result of ineligibility,” he said in a telephone interview.

In both study periods, Saloner and colleagues had trained interviewers call both private primary care provider offices and federally qualified health centers in a diverse sample of ten states, including Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The callers posed as prospective new patients seeking an appointment for either a routine check-up or complications related to suspected high blood pressure and made it clear that they did not have health insurance. In one scenario, the callers said they were able to bring full payment to the appointment. In another, the callers said they could bring less than half of the full price and asked about arranging a payment plan.

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