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Top 10 states with lower uninsured rates after PPACA [infographic]

Wallethub, a personal finance resource online, and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) recently teamed up to provide estimates about the proportion of private health plan enrollees who previously lacked health insurance and have enrolled in a plan through an insurance exchange.

According to the study, KFF finds that 57 percent of private plan enrollees were previously uninsured, based on their nationally representative survey of adults who purchase their own insurance. “Combining this new data point with information on the number of new Medicaid recipients and private plan enrollees under Obamacare, WalletHub analysts are now able to offer an initial projection of uninsured rates post-Obamacare for 43 states and the District of Columbia,” says the report, which you can find here.

Both Wallethub and KFF reached their projections using the following methodology:  

  • Number of uninsured adults (under the age of 64) pre-PPACA minus new Medicaid enrollees minus net private plan enrollees.
  • The total net private plan enrollees is calculated by multiplying the total private plan enrollees by the proportion estimated to have been previously uninsured (57 percent of the main findings).

As of June 10, 2014, the KFF reports that there are 27 states including the District of Columbia that are implementing Medicaid expansion in 2014. Three states (IN, PA and UT) are open for debate and 21 states that are not expanding at this time.

The states that did not expand Medicaid are:

  • Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana*, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania*, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah*, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. (*Open to debate.)

The states that are expanding or have expanded Medicaid are:

  • Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

Check out our infographic below and see also: Early group health numbers show shrinkage.


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