Low wage workers and immigrants have seen a large rise in benefits since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act. Analysis by the New York Times found that legal immigrants of all nationalities have seen the sharpest rise in coverage rates. Hispanics were the single ethnic group to see larger numbers with insurance, accounting for nearly a third of the rise in all of those covered while making up 17 per cent of the population.
While official figures have looked at the increase of insured people in general terms, the NY Times reviewed 2014 census data for a deeper insight into who those people are.
Among the other takeaways from the analysis: part time workers have increased insurance coverage at a higher rate than full-time; and those living in households headed by siblings or cousins saw sharper increases in coverage than traditional households.