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.Save to Favorites