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Obamacare Health Industry News Recap: 8/10-8/14: What we learned this week

Published on August 14, 2015

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  • Number of Uninsured Has Declined by 15 Million Since 2013

According to the Obamacare administration, the number of people without health insurance continues to decline and has dropped by 15.8 million or one-third since 2013.
The National Center for Health Statistics reported that 29 million people were uninsured in the first three months of this year, which was seven million fewer than average for 2014.
The decline occurred as major provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect and the law expanded coverage through Medicaid as well as through subsidies for private insurance, starting in 2014.
CDC’s new report also plays up the divide between Medicaid expansion states and non-Medicaid expansion states.
In states that expanded Medicaid, 10.6 percent of people age 18 to 64 were uninsured in the first quarter of this year, down from 18.4 percent in 2013, the report said.
Read more: (The New York Times, Forbes)

  • Two years into Obamacare, only one state still has more than 20% uninsured

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found a statistically significant drop in the uninsured rate for most states since the law’s big coverage push began at the end of 2013. States that embraced the Medicaid expansion saw bigger declines.
According to the report, there were 14 states in which more than 1 in 5 adults lacked health insurance when the Affordable Care Act too effect in October 2013.
At the other end of the scale, only five states’ populations were so well-insured in 2013 that fewer than 1 in 10 adult residents lacked insurance. Today, more than half the states have achieved that goal.
Texas, whose officials have strongly resisted cooperation with the new law, had the highest level of residents lacking insurance before the law took effect and has made among the least progress of any state.
By contrast, in Arkansas and Kentucky, both of which started above 20% uninsured, just 9% of adult residents lack insurance.
California has gone from just under 22% without insurance to just fewer than 12%, experiencing the largest number of newly insured people in the country.
Read more:  (Los Angeles Times, Gallup)

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