The uninsured rate decreased from 9.1% in 2015 to 8.8% in 2016 (a record low), according to a new U.S. Census report.
"We have the Affordable Care Act to thank, in large part, for the important gains in Florida's rate of insured residents", Joseph F. Pennisi, director of the Florida Policy Institute said in a release.
The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the nation's uninsured rate dropped to 8.8%.
The decrease continues a downward trend Pennsylvania's uninsured rate has been on since 2013, making 2016's 5.6 percent the commonwealth's lowest ever, down from more than 10 percent when the Affordable Care Act was passed, the administration said. Or that even without expansion, they or their children might already be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP. But the following year, 2014, saw a dramatic decrease in the dark blue areas of the U.S.as millions of people obtained health coverage, with much of the northern states in the country turning lighter blue, according to Census' maps. Hispanics had the highest uninsured rate at 16% in 2016. Lighter shades of blue highlight states with lower uninsured rates. In 2010, the percentage of people without health insurance stood at 16.3 percent, or a whopping 49 million Americans.
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. The uninsured rate for Medicaid "expansion states" in 2016 was 6.5 percent, compared to 11.7 percent in states that did not expand eligibility. Villarreal no longer accepts any form of health insurance.
The law also allowed states to expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level.
Children in poverty are more likely to not have health insurance than children not in poverty. 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. Census' report for that year showed that 10.4 percent of Americans, or 33 million people, still lacked insurance. 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. Job-based health plans covered nearly 56 percent of Americans, followed by 19.4 percent covered by Medicaid, and 16.7 percent covered by Medicare. "There was no statistically significant difference between 2015 and 2016 for any other subtype of health insurance".
White people had the lowest uninsured rate of any ethnicity at 6.3%.