A new report released by the United States Census Bureau Tuesday shows that the uninsured rate in Arkansas dropped by 50 percent from 2013 to 2016. The lowest uninsured rate a year ago was 2.5 percent in MA and the highest was 16.6 percent in Texas, the Census Bureau said. It's the second consecutive annual decline for the measure.
The graph illustrates that although Wisconsin has had an impressive drop in the percentage of people lacking insurance, the four states on our borders have seen more rapid declines.
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 2.8 percent of MA residents who went without health insurance in 2015, and 3.7 percent who were uninsured in 2013.
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.
"Largely Kansas' slide compared to other states is due to the lack of Medicaid expansion, but it also reflects the state's generally negative attitude towards the ACA as a whole", Robert St. Peter, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Institute, said in an email.
Georgia hasn't moved from its position as the state with the third-highest uninsured rate.
But there were sharp differences in the percentage of people uninsured at different ages, "reflecting the fragmented nature of the US health insurance system, " the Commonwealth Fund report said.
Medicaid relies on a mix of federal and state funding to insure children and adults with low incomes.
Those vanishing areas of dark blue are what Obamacare's effect on the number of Americans without health insurance looks like.
This year, Republican efforts to repeal the ACA, also known as Obamacare, have failed. According to the data, 55.7% of people get insurance from their employers, while 19.4% are covered by Medicaid and 16.7% by Medicare. Hispanics continued to have the highest uninsured rate (16 percent) and non-Hispanic whites the lowest rate (6.3 percent).
Shelby Livingston is an insurance reporter. "Eleven states and the District of Columbia did not have a statistically significant change in their uninsured rate". However, 68 percent of people with incomes below $25,000 had government coverage compared to only 18.8 percent of those with incomes at or above $125,000. The uninsured rates for Blacks and Asians were higher than for non-Hispanic Whites, at 10.5 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.