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ObamaCare by the Numbers — More Insured & States with the Least Improvement

Posted By PIA Western Alliance, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Last week Weekly Industry News did a story on the states that saw the most improvement in getting the uninsured health insurance via the Affordable Care Act. This week we take a look at the states with the highest uninsured rate improvement since ObamaCare became law.

But first, as we all know, the goal of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce and eventually eliminate the number of uninsured in the United States. Year one saw some improvements says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After checking numbers for the first three-months of 2014 the CDC said just 18.4% of adults under the age of 65 were uninsured. Thats down from 20.4% in 2013.

By the way, part of the reason for the drop is the 3.7 million who bought private health insurance. Another 8 million got insurance through an ObamaCare exchange. The number of uninsured according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013 was 42 million. The bureau does not have figures for 2014. 

WalletHub the financial assistance company looked at statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Census Bureau on health insurance purchase data. Two PIA Western Alliance states Oregon and Washington were among those with the most improved numbers.

5. Oregon

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 16.91%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 6.38%

  Difference before and after: -10.54%

9. Washington

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 16.01%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 8.27%

  Difference before and after: -7.73%

Three PIA Western Alliance states New Mexico, Arizona and Alaska ranked 5, 6 and 7 are among the states with the least improved numbers.

1. Texas

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 26.8%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 24.81%

  Difference before and after: -1.99%

2. Mississippi

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 18.11%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 21.46%

  Difference before and after: 3.34%

3. Louisiana

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 22.41%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 20.91%

  Difference before and after: -1.50%

4. Florida

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 24.73%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 19.61%

  Difference before and after: -5.12%

5. New Mexico

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 24.29%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 19.59%

  Difference before and after: -4.69%

6. Nevada

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 26.52%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 19.58%

  Difference before and after: -6.94%

7. Alaska

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 20.48%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 18.96%

  Difference before and after: -1.52%

8. Oklahoma

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 19.76%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 18.33%

  Difference before and after: -1.43%

9. Wyoming

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 18.92%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 18.29%

  Difference before and after: -0.63%

10. Georgia

  Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 21.66%

  Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 18.16%

  Difference before and after: -3.50%

Tags:  Insurance Content  ObamaCare  Weekly Industry News 

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