Kansas uninsured rate falls only slightly since ACA took effect

Kansas uninsured rate falls only slightly since ACA took effect

Kansas uninsured rate falls only slightly since ACA took effect

But the number and percentage of Georgians without health coverage remains among the highest in the nation.

As for the uninsured statistics, there was little change in the state rankings from past year.

In 2016, 12.5 percent of the state's residents did not have health insurance, compared to 13.3 in 2015.

- The percentage of people in Kansas without health insurance has fallen at a much slower rate than the nation as a whole, new Census Bureau figures show, reflecting the fact that Kansas has refused to expand its Medicaid program or actively promote other parts of the Obama administration's signature health care law.

Hispanics had the highest uninsured rate, at 16 percent.

Unfortunately, the significant gains in health insurance coverage and poverty reduction that were achieved over the last two years could be erased very quickly by proposed legislation and budget changes being considered by Congress, and by the President's actions to sabotage the ACA. Rates of uninsured visits decreased for all racial/ethnic groups in both expansion and non-expansion states, but the declines were more immediate and pronounced in expansion states. This definitely is not a time to reverse direction by slashing funding for Medicaid and repealing key portions of the federal health care reform law.

But Vance Ginn, senior economist for the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, said states with expanded Medicaid coverage do not necessarily improve residents' health outcomes. Most states continued to see decreases in their uninsured rates previous year, with only 11 states seeing no drop. Private health insurance continued to be the most prevalent type of coverage at 67.5%, compared to the 37.3% who have government-supported coverage.

Children in poverty are more likely to not have health insurance than children not in poverty. Indeed, the ACA's Medicaid expansion seems to be the most important factor explaining the decline in the uninsured since 2013. Census' report for that year showed that 10.4 percent of Americans, or 33 million people, still lacked insurance.

Job-based insurance continued to be the most common source of coverage.

Custer said the uninsured rate for 2016 does not reflect the instability now afflicting the insurance exchanges, which created by the ACA to help people without job-based or government health plans buy coverage. 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. "The fear is that [the 2016 uninsured rates] are not a true representation of what's happening now". "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.

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