Kansas uninsured rate falls only slightly since ACA took effect

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

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

The report is based on data collected by the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement and American Community Survey. That was the last full year in office for President Barack Obama, who won passage of the Affordable Care Act. Between 2015 and 2016, 39 states saw reductions in the number of individuals without healthcare coverage.

Census officials published the maps as they released a report revealing that the number of Americans who lacked health insurance fell to a low of 28.1 million people, or just 8.8 percent of the population, in 2016. And most of the country continued to see gains in insurance coverage. The average rate in non-expansion states is almost double that at 11.7 percent.

Last year, 28.1 million people, or 8.8% of the US population, were uninsured for the entire calendar year, down from 29 million people, or 9.1% of the population in 2015.

That figure was down from 6.4 percent in 2015, Wolf said, adding that Pennsylvania's uninsured rate was more than 10 percent prior to implementation of the Affordable Care Act - popularly known as Obamacare - and expansion of Medicaid under the Wolf administration.

"For more than 10 years, MA has been a leader in providing access to health care coverage to everyone", MA secretary of health and human services Marylou Sudders said in a statement. 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 number of children with insurance in Florida also increased in 2016 from 92.6 in 2015 percent to 93.4 percent. The uninsured rate has decreased ever year since then.

Medicaid relies on a mix of federal and state funding to insure children and adults with low incomes. Having more people covered through Medicaid and through ACA plans means less uncompensated care and bad debt for hospitals. The uninsured rate remains higher in 19 non-expansion states.

Public plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid, have added 11 million members since 2013.

Different organizations have come up with different estimates for the level of health insurance coverage in MA, but all agree that the state has been a leader in coverage. 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.

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