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Kansas uninsured rate falls only slightly since ACA took effect

Kansas uninsured rate falls only slightly since ACA took effect

The Lone Star State has always had historically high numbers of uninsured, partially attributed to a large immigrant population, a limited Medicaid program and a lower-than-average rate of employers who offer health coverage.

The figures further complicate GOP efforts to repeal ObamaCare, which have slowed in recent months.

In 2016, 12.5 percent of the state's residents did not have health insurance, compared to 13.3 in 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".

The number of Americans without health insurance dropped by 2.5 million past year, on top of an improvement of more than 15 million in 2014 and 2015, after key parts of the health care reform law took effect.

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

The number of Americans without health insurance dropped to a record low in the final year of the Obama presidency, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday. The uninsured rates vary from 2.5 percent in MA to 16.6 percent in Texas.

Those vanishing areas of dark blue are what Obamacare's effect on the number of Americans without health insurance looks like.

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. That year was the first in which almost all Americans were required by Obamacare to have some form of health coverage or be subject to a tax penalty.

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. And most of the country continued to see gains in insurance coverage.

The drop in uninsured would be even greater had Florida expanded Medicaid, which is still an option under the health law, Pennisi said. "The fear is that [the 2016 uninsured rates] are not a true representation of what's happening now". Hispanics continued to have the highest uninsured rate (16 percent) and non-Hispanic whites the lowest rate (6.3 percent). "Eleven states and the District of Columbia did not have a statistically significant change in their uninsured rate". "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. The uninsured rates for Blacks and Asians were higher than for non-Hispanic Whites, at 10.5 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.


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