New Gallup Report Shows Uninsured Rates by State, effects of Medicaid Expansion Decisions


A new article from Gallup details uninsured rates by state, and changes to those rates since 2013.  The period from 2013 - 2016 is important because the Affordable Care Actmarketplace opened in October 2013, and Medicaid expansion, a program that was initially mandatory for all states, and was later made a state choice, began in 2014.

Gallup Report Uninsured Rates by StateThe data on insured rates was gathered as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, an annual report that highlights important trends in health and well-being, based on consumer polls.

According to the report, six states reduced their uninsured rates by 10 percent or more between 2013-2016: 

  1. Kentucky (uninsured rate decreased 12.6%)
  2. Arkansas (uninsured rate decreased 12.6%)
  3. West Virginia (uninsured rate decreased 12.6%)
  4. New Mexico (uninsured rate decreased 12.6%)
  5. California (uninsured rate decreased 12.6%)
  6. Oregon (uninsured rate decreased 12.6%)

These states all opted to expand Medicaid at the state level.

Uninsured rates fell in all states between 2013-2016, though the decrease was less significant in some states than in others.  Of the states with the smallest decreases in uninsured population, about half took part in Medicaid Expansion.

States with the smallest decrease in uninsured rates between 2013-2016:

  1. Kansas (uninsured rate decreased .2%, NO to Medicaid expansion)
  2. Massachusetts (uninsured rate decreased 1.7%, YES to Medicaid expansion)
  3. Delaware (uninsured rate decreased 2.5%, YES to Medicaid expansion)
  4. Vermont (uninsured rate decreased 2.8%, YES to Medicaid expansion)
  5. Nebraska (uninsured rate decreased 3.3%, NO to Medicaid expansion)
  6. Virginia (uninsured rate decreased 3.5%, NO to Medicaid expansion)
Please click here to read the full article: Kentucky, Arkansas Post Largest Drops in Uninsured Rates.



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