The national uninsured rate witnessed its biggest drop since the Census started collecting the data in 2008.
The survey relies on random sampling of households to derive statistics, which indicate that the number of residents with private health insurance crept up almost a full percentage point, from 54.5 percent in 2013 to 55.3 percent in 2014. That’s 47,600 people. In the region, that number was 16.5 percent. “In 2013, Louisiana ranked 11th highest for the share of residents without health insurance”. Four percentage points-plus in each state.
“It seems to be a vindication of the Affordable Care Act in that it’s accomplishing what it set out to do”, said Trey Daly, Ohio director for Enroll America, which is working to enroll the uninsured in marketplace coverage or Medicaid coverage. This has caused every single state to experience a decrease in their uninsured rates, according to St. Peter. Gov. Susana Martinez announced in January 2013 that New Mexico would accept federal funds to expand the Medicaid program to cover any adult earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Much of the change was attributable to changes made by the Affordable Care Act, officials said.
The typical American household income was $53,657 in 2014. That marks a shift after years of steady rates on the number of Americans lacking health insurance between 2008 and 2013.
Half of the children in Syracuse live in poverty and the city continues to be among the poorest in the nation, according to U.S. Census data released today.
Household income and health insurance coverage are both going up in the Charlotte area, but the poverty rate is holding steady. For 2016, 136 plans from a dozen insurers will be offered through the state exchange with an average rate increase of 4.2 percent, less than the 5.4 percent the companies had requested.
Still, Florida continued to have one of the highest rates of uninsured residents in the country.
In general, the Census Bureau report said, the states with the lowest rates of uninsured were those that expanded their Medicaid programs.
The Census Bureau’s definition of poverty is a rule of thumb developed in the 1960s that is based on triple the minimum amount of money that a household might need to buy food.