How Much Obamacare has Reduced the Uninsured Rate in Each State

Sarah Kliff in Vox has constructed a map that “shows how much the uninsured rate has dropped in each state since the health reform law’s insurance expansion went into effect.”

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“One of the biggest things that divides states with faster declines from those with slower changes — the difference between the light and dark purple states — is whether they decided to expand Medicaid.”

“Twelve of the 13 states in the two darkest shades of purple above are those that decided to use the health law to expand Medicaid to cover all residents below 133 percent of the federal poverty line (about $15,300 for an individual or $31,500 for a family of four).”

“The 10 states with the fastest declines in their uninsured rates all expanded Medicaid. The fastest drop happened in Rhode Island, where uninsured rates fell 79.9 percent between 2013 and 2015.”

“At the other end of the spectrum, nine of the 10 states that had the smallest decline in their uninsured rate (or, in Wyoming’s case, the rate increase) did not expand Medicaid.”

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