State's uninsured rate is half what it was in 2011

Saul Bowman
September 14, 2017

The company said Monday that it lost $430 million since January 2014, when Kentucky and many other states started offering plans on their state exchanges.

The figures further complicate GOP efforts to repeal ObamaCare, which have slowed in recent months. In those states, all legal residents whose incomes are less than 138 percent of the federal poverty rate are eligible to enroll in Medicaid. At that time, almost a quarter of Texans lacked health insurance.

As for the uninsured statistics, there was little change in the state rankings from previous year.

"Between 2015 and 2016, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage at the time of interview decreased in 39 states", the Census report said.

The number of Wisconsinites who do not have health insurance fell sharply during the first three years of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to new survey data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Since then, every single state has seen their uninsured rate drop. The state also has low unemployment and a generous safety net, with robust Medicaid offerings and preventative health programs.

For expansion states, the uninsured rate ranged from 2.5 percent in MA to 14 percent in Alaska.

The number of people covered by Medicare grew by 0.4% from 2015 to 2016, while the percentage of people covered by other types of insurance remained essentially unchanged.

The decrease continues a downward trend Pennsylvania's uninsured rate has been on since 2013, making 2016's 5.6 percent the commonwealth's lowest ever, down from more than 10 percent when the Affordable Care Act was passed, the administration said. Rates of Medicaid-insured visits increased in expansion states for all racial/ethnic groups immediately following ACA Medicaid expansion, whereas no significant change was observed for Medicaid-insured visits for any racial/ethnic group in non-expansion states.

Job-based insurance continued to be the most common source of coverage. In 2016, the percentage of New Mexicans without health insurance hovered around 9 percent, according to the report. "Between 2015 and 2016, the rate of Medicare coverage increased by 0.4 percentage points to cover 16.7 percent of people for part or all of 2016 (up from 16.3 percent in 2015)", Census said in its report. Job-based health plans covered nearly 56 percent of Americans, followed by 19.4 percent covered by Medicaid, and 16.7 percent covered by Medicare.

White people had the lowest uninsured rate of any ethnicity at 6.3%.

Georgia hasn't moved from its position as the state with the third-highest uninsured rate. "The uninsured rates for Blacks and Asians were higher than for non-Hispanic Whites, at 10.5 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively", Census said.

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