Nine years after the Affordable Care Act, these Pennsylvanians struggle to afford health insurance

The Affordable Care Act [ACA], a 9-year-old overhaul to the U.S. health care system, is intended to make health insurance accessible for everyone by expanding Medicaid and making insurance easier for individuals to buy without an employer. Since its passage and a 2015 expansion of Medicaid, Pennsylvania saw big jumps in the percentage of residents covered by insurance. But there are significant gaps.

Omar Muya, 33, of Penn Hills, is a refugee from Somalia who arrived in the United States in June 2004. He became a U.S. citizen in December 2009. (Photo by Guy Wathen/PublicSource)

Obamacare didn’t remove healthcare barriers for refugees, but it did alleviate problems

With the advent of Donald Trump’s presidential administration, which is intent on dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on which many of them rely, Pittsburgh’s refugees have yet another hurdle with which to contend.

Under the ACA, those who come to the United States as refugees have the same rights to health care as any American citizen.