Number Of Uninsured Americans Continues To Drop In States That Embraced Obamacare

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

According to a poll released by Gallup Aug. 10, the rate of uninsured people is still dropping in states that embraced Obamacare.

Across the United States, the uninsured rate fell from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 11.7 percent through the first six months of this year. However, there has been a sharp divide between the states that embraced the Affordable Care Act and those who fought it, Huffington Post reported.

The 30 states, plus the District of Columbia, that set up their own exchanges or worked with the federal government in addition to expanding Medicaid, saw a rise in the number of newly insured Americans. 

In the 22 states that embraced Obamacare and expanded medicare by Dec. 31, the uninsured rate dropped by 44 percent. In states that did neither, the rate was 28 percent, but none of the states reported a “statistically significant” increase in the number of uninsured individuals. 

Arkansas and Kentucky have had the sharpest reduction in uninsured rate. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates 16 million people who were uninsured in 2013 currently have coverage.

The data was collected as a part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and polled 178,072 adults in 2013 and 88,667 adults through the first half of 2015. 

Sources: Huffington Post, Gallup Image via Will O’Neill/Flickr