Census shows uninsured rate at record low

Affordable Care Act expands health coverage to more patients, although differences remain

Census shows uninsured rate at record low

But the number and percentage of Georgians without health coverage remains among the highest in the nation. Only the northeastern USA, and some Midwest states were in lighter shades of blue, reflecting their relatively low uninsured rates.

During the first three years after major portions of the ACA took effect, the number of uninsured Americans fell by 40%, and the percentage who are uninsured is now at an all-time low.

The uninsured rate dropped to 8.8 percent in 2016, down from 9.1 percent in 2015, the Census Bureau reported.

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The rate of Medicare coverage increased from 16.3% to 16.7% in that period.

This dropoff in coverage at age 26 likely reflects adult children aging off their parents' insurance policies and experiencing some time without insurance. Rates of uninsured visits decreased for all racial/ethnic groups in both expansion and non-expansion states, but the declines were more immediate and pronounced in expansion states. 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.

Medicaid relies on a mix of federal and state funding to insure children and adults with low incomes.

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In terms of health insurance, 2016 "was pretty much of a status quo year, compared with other years, " Custer said Wednesday. "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". 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 new data on health insurance coverage was not the only good news released today by the Census Bureau. The decrease continues the downward trend Pennsylvania's uninsured rate has been on since 2013, making 2016's 5.6 percent the commonwealth's lowest ever uninsured rate, down from more than 10 percent when the Affordable Care Act was passed.

Job-based insurance continued to be the most common source of coverage. Job-based health plans covered nearly 56 percent of Americans, followed by 19.4 percent covered by Medicaid, and 16.7 percent covered by Medicare. Like the Minnesota's 1332 proposal, Oregon's proposal would reinsure claims that exceeded an attachment point at a specified percentage rate up to a cap, instead of reinsuring cases with particular conditions as Alaska will do in its 1332 waiver program. Another 16.2 percent of Americans bought private individual health plans, which includes Obamacare plans sold on government exchanges. Hispanics had the highest uninsured rate at 16% in 2016. 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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