Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low 8.8 Percent

Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania's uninsured rate has hit a new low

Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania's uninsured rate has hit a new low

Census officials published the maps as they released a report revealing that the number of Americans who lacked health insurance fell to a low of 28.1 million people, or just 8.8 percent of the population, in 2016. The lowest uninsured rate previous year was 2.5 percent in MA and the highest was 16.6 percent in Texas, the Census Bureau said.

The number of people without health insurance continued to fall in 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The U.S. Census found the overall percentage of insured Americans increased by about 4 percentage points since 2013 and more than 3 percentage points insured by a private health plan, which is mostly due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans and individual mandate that requires most Americans to have health insurance. That's down from 17.1 percent in 2015 and 22.1 percent in 2013. At that time, almost a quarter of Texans lacked health insurance.

Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, said in a press release that she was pleased to see more insured Texans under the Affordable Care Act, but that "all Texans will see health benefits and cost savings if Texas follows the lead of the majority of states - including very conservative states - by expanding coverage for these families using federal Medicaid dollars".

But the following year, 2014, saw a dramatic decrease in the dark blue areas of the U.S.as millions of people obtained health coverage, with much of the northern states in the country turning lighter blue, according to Census' maps. The uninsured rates vary from 2.5 percent in MA to 16.6 percent in Texas. The uninsured rate among adults ages 19 to 25 dropped by 1.4 percentage points in 2016 to 13.1 percent, the largest one-year drop of any age group.

This year, Republican efforts to repeal the ACA, also known as Obamacare, have failed.

Wisconsin should take advantage of the part of the health care reform law that would pay for the expansion of BadgerCare coverage to low-income working adults who are slightly above the poverty level.

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

St. Peter said it is also possible that there was less of an increase in private insurance coverage in Kansas than there was nationwide.

The drop in uninsured would be even greater had Florida expanded Medicaid, which is still an option under the health law, Pennisi said. "Eleven states and the District of Columbia did not have a statistically significant change in their uninsured rate". That year was the first time that the percentage of all Americans without health coverage fell below 10 percent, to 9.1 percent, or 29 million people. Meanwhile, 10.5% of black people and 7.6% of Asians were uninsured.

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