The Affordable Care Act and Consumer Well-Being: Knowns and Unknowns

M. Paula Fitzgerald, Thomas K. Bias, Tami Gurley-Calvez

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, is the latest in a long string of efforts to reform health care in the United States. In this article, we provide a brief background and explore key components of this law. We examine extant research on what is known about how insurance coverage impacts consumer well-being and the role health and financial literacy play in achieving well-being. We then introduce important research questions highlighting areas where little is known and where much opportunity lies to inform policy and improve consumer well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-53
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Consumer Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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