New Publication: Tracking Health Coverage Gains Since 2013

By Molly Warren

Today, we released our latest issue brief, Getting America Covered: Tracking Gains in Health Insurance Coverage, 2013-2016, which reflects on the change in health coverage over the last three years, since the Affordable Care Act’s major coverage expansions went into effect. The future of the ACA may be uncertain, but some things are clear: uninsured rates have dropped to historic lows, and Americans across virtually all demographic and geographic groups have benefited enormously.

Estimated Uninsured Rate for Non-Elderly Adults by State in 2013 and 2016

Estimated Uninsured Rate For Non-Elderly Adults by State in 2013 and 2016

Here’s a few highlights from the issue brief:

  1. The uninsured rate for non-elderly adults declined nationally by nearly half, from 16.4 to 8.3 percent between 2013 and 2016.
  2. Uninsured rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have declined since 2013, and about 90 percent of counties saw their rate drop by a quarter or more.
  3. The uninsured rate declined across every demographic group accounted for in our methodology, including for all racial/ethnic groups, all ages and age groups, men and women, and for residents of metro as well as non-metro areas.

Here at Enroll America, we’re incredibly proud of these gains, which would not have been possible without the hard work so many of our partners across the enrollment community: hosting enrollment events, placing ads, talking with local press, leading outreach efforts in schools, faith communities, and health departments, assisting consumers with their applications, and so much more to ensure that those who needed coverage had the information and support they needed to enroll. Because of this work, millions more Americans have health insurance now than did in 2013. Check out the issue brief for additional insights, including changes in the uninsured rate by demographic and state/county.

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