The maps use dark blue to show states that have 14 percent or more of their residents without health insurance.
As for the uninsured statistics, there was little change in the state rankings from a year ago. The lowest uninsured rate previous year was 2.5 percent in MA and the highest was 16.6 percent in Texas, the Census Bureau said. Additionally, the ACA provided the commonwealth's former foster kids with health care coverage until age 26. States that expanded Medicaid had an average uninsured rate of 6.5 percent compared with an 11.7 percent average among states that did not expand, the Census Bureau reported. That year was the first in which almost all Americans were required by Obamacare to have some form of health coverage or be subject to a tax penalty. Rates of Medicaid-insured visits increased in expansion states for all racial/ethnic groups immediately following ACA Medicaid expansion, whereas no significant change was observed for Medicaid-insured visits for any racial/ethnic group in non-expansion states.
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Oklahoma has the second-highest rate of uninsured - barely budging from it's 13.9 percent rate previous year.
In terms of health insurance, 2016 "was pretty much of a status quo year, compared with other years, " Custer said Wednesday. Those gains were most dramatic in states that as allowed by the ACA expanded eligibility for their residents' access to Medicaid, the health coverage program for mainly poor people that is jointly run with the federal government. "The cost of uncompensated care has declined among hospitals in Medicaid expansion states, while such costs have remained flat among hospitals in states that did not expand Medicaid", said KFF. That year was the first time that the percentage of all Americans without health coverage fell below 10 percent, to 9.1 percent, or 29 million people.
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While the percentage of insured Americans continued to fall in 2016, supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are anxious that decisions and inactions by the President Donald Trump's administration may lose those gains in the coming years.
Nationally, the percentage of Americans with health insurance coverage for all or part of 2016 was 91.2 percent, 0.3 percentage points higher than the rate in 2015, the Census report found.
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Returning to a more positive part of the data, the national poverty rate fell from to 12.7% a year ago, which is a very substantial improvement from 13.5% in 2015 and 14.8% in 2014. Like the Minnesota's 1332 proposal, Oregon's proposal would reinsure claims that exceeded an attachment point at a specified percentage rate up to a cap, instead of reinsuring cases with particular conditions as Alaska will do in its 1332 waiver program. The percentage of employer-based insurance plans has stayed around the same since 2013 (55.7% of plans). "Hispanics had the highest uninsured rate, at 16.0 percent", according to the report. "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.