A new report from The Commonwealth Fund shows the percentage of uninsured working age adults declined in every state and Washington, D.C., by 2015 following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014.
The report notes uninsured rates for low-income adults also dropped everywhere in the United States; Kentucky led the nation, with a 25% drop.
The report, A Long Way in a Short Time: States’ Progress on Health Care Coverage and Access, 2013–2015, also found that the uninsured rate for children declined by two percentage points or more in 28 states since 2013 and that people in 38 states and D.C. were less likely to say costs prevented them from going to a doctor when they needed healthcare. In 16 states and D.C., the percentage of people at risk for poor health outcomes who did not have a routine doctor’s visit dropped as well.
“The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance coverage expansions are working to get people covered and help them afford healthcare,” said Sara Collins, vice president for Coverage and Access at The Commonwealth Fund and a coauthor of the report. “We know that health insurance is essential for people to get the care they need. In this time of uncertainty about the ACA, it’s important to keep in mind the financial and health protection health insurance provides for families.”