Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Wolf announces decrease in state's uninsured rate

Wolf announces decrease in state's uninsured rate

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. The maps' release comes less than two months after an effort to repeal Obamacare failed to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, and as the administration of President Donald Trump continues to criticize the health-care law and slashes support for promoting enrollment in private health plans.

According to new data, 40.6 million people lived in poverty past year, down 0.8 percentage points from 2015. "Gov. Wolf's adoption of Medicaid expansion has helped more than 711,000 people receive coverage since January 2015, and 426,000 have purchased coverage on the individual market at Healthcare.gov".

That means about 1.2 million fewer Texans without health insurance past year, compared to 2013.

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

Three years after the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

The Commonwealth Fund noted that uninsured rates declined across all age groups in 2016, with the greatest gains among young adults.

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 data shows that 2016 was the third straight year the bureau found a decline in the share of people without health insurance. During 2016, MA had the lowest uninsured rate at 2.5%, while Texas had the highest at 16.6%. Almost all of the decrease in 2014 came from Medicaid expansion states. Medicaid expansion states average 6.5% uninsured compared to 11.7% in non-expansion states with MA (2.5%) and Texas (16.6%) on either extreme. Villarreal no longer accepts any form of health insurance.

Returning to a more positive part of the data, the national poverty rate fell from to 12.7% past year, which is a very substantial improvement from 13.5% in 2015 and 14.8% in 2014. The percentage of employer-based insurance plans has stayed around the same since 2013 (55.7% of plans). White Americans continued to have the lowest uninsured rates by race, at just 6.3 percent.

Like Texas, Florida can partially attribute its higher-than-average uninsured rate to a large immigrant population and a strict Medicaid program. "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.

Georgia hasn't moved from its position as the state with the third-highest uninsured rate.

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