Which States Have the Biggest Drop in Uninsured Rates?

Governing: There are now 8.8 million fewer people living without health insurance in the U.S, according to data the Census Bureau released Wednesday. The new estimates for 2014, when the primary provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became effective, indicate the largest single-year drop to date.

States that opted to expand Medicaid saw the biggest declines in the number of uninsured people. If the uninsured rate had improved everywhere in the country at the same rate as in expansion states, 2.6 million more Americans would have attained health insurance last year, according to the Center for Budget on Policy and Priorities.

The five states with the most dramatic decrease in uninsured residents are:

Kentucky: -5.8 percentage points
Nevada: -5.5 percentage points
West Virginia: -5.4 percentage points
Oregon: -4.9 percentage points
Washington: -4.7 percentage points

The following map shows percentage-point changes in the share of each state’s population without health insurance, according to the 2014 American Community Survey.

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  • ralph_indianapolis

    We must stop this Obama. People insured. Economy getting better. Iran doesn’t get nukes for 15 or more years. Cuba is moving closer to the US. We need lower taxes for the rich and another war. If you want that too vote GOP!

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