Kansas uninsured rate falls only slightly since ACA took effect

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

The company said Monday that it lost $430 million since January 2014, when Kentucky and many other states started offering plans on their state exchanges. The maps' release comes less than two months after an effort to repeal Obamacare failed to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, and as the administration of President Donald Trump continues to criticize the health-care law and slashes support for promoting enrollment in private health plans.

According to the data, Arkansas uninsured rate is lower than the national average, which was 8.6 percent in 2016.

The percentage of MA residents without health insurance fell again a year ago, to a new low of 2.5 percent, the US Census Bureau said Tuesday. The uninsured rate has decreased ever year since then.

The number of New Mexicans without health insurance has dropped by half since 2011, according to a U.S. Census report released Tuesday. The uninsured rates vary from 2.5 percent in MA to 16.6 percent in Texas.

The number of people covered by Medicare grew by 0.4% from 2015 to 2016, while the percentage of people covered by other types of insurance remained essentially unchanged. Villarreal no longer accepts any form of health insurance.

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While the percentage of insured Americans continued to fall in 2016, supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are anxious that decisions and inactions by the President Donald Trump's administration may lose those gains in the coming years. He was elected governor later that same year and has consistently opposed allowing the state to take part in one of the ACA's key components, making anyone with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level eligible for Medicaid, now known in Kansas as KanCare. But it's still a big improvement from the years before the ACA became law.

The state's uninsured rate is the highest in the country and double the national average. "Eleven states and the District of Columbia did not have a statistically significant change in their uninsured rate".

In Pennsylvania, the report showed a continued reduction in the number of uninsured residents since 2013, when the figure was 9.7 percent. The data also showed that 16.2% of people buy insurance directly from a health plan or through an exchange, and 4.6% of insured people have military-based coverage.

Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania's uninsured rate has hit a new low. "The uninsured rates for Blacks and Asians were higher than for non-Hispanic Whites, at 10.5 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively", Census said. "The fear is that [the 2016 uninsured rates] are not a true representation of what's happening now". "Between 2015 and 2016, the rate of Medicare coverage increased by 0.4 percentage points to cover 16.7 percent of people for part or all of 2016 (up from 16.3 percent in 2015)", Census said in its report.

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