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Census shows uninsured rate drops to new record low

Census shows uninsured rate drops to new record low”

Using electronic health record data from 10 states that expanded Medicaid and six states that did not, a new study examined 359 community health centers and 870,319 patients with more than four million visits. In those states, all legal residents whose incomes are less than 138 percent of the federal poverty rate are eligible to enroll in Medicaid.

The dramatic drop in the uninsured over the past few years played a major role in the congressional debate over the summer about whether to replace the 2010 health law. Its uninsured rate trails only Texas, Alaska and Oklahoma.

On September 12, 2017, the United States Census Bureau released its report on Health Insurance Coverage in the United States for 2016.

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. These findings suggest the need for continued and more equitable insurance expansion efforts to eliminate health insurance disparities.

"When Gov. Wolf expanded Medicaid in Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of uninsured were then able to obtain access to health care coverage", said Acting Secretary for Human Services Teresa Miller. That's down from 13.3 percent in 2013, the year before much of the ACA took effect.

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Advocates worry all of the uncertainty and changes will confuse consumers and hurt their ability to sign up for health insurance.

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.

A decade ago, New Mexico struggled with the second-highest rate of residents who did not have health insurance, topped only by Texas.

Returning to a more positive part of the data, the national poverty rate fell from to 12.7% previous year, which is a very substantial improvement from 13.5% in 2015 and 14.8% in 2014. "Eleven states and the District of Columbia did not have a statistically significant change in their uninsured rate". In 2016, the percentage of New Mexicans without health insurance hovered around 9 percent, according to the report. The data also showed that 16.2% of people buy insurance directly from a health plan or through an exchange, and 4.6% of insured people have military-based coverage.

In 2016, non-Hispanic Whites had the lowest uninsured rate among race and Hispanic origin groups, at 6.3 percent. In 2016, Kentucky, West Virginia, Connecticut and Rhode Island all surpassed or tied Wisconsin's rate of insurance coverage. Hispanics had the highest uninsured rate at 16% in 2016.



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