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Uninsured rate nose-dives in some states

Arkansas and Kentucky lead the nation with the sharpest reductions in the percentage of residents without health insurance. Gallup credits Obamacare.

By MSN Money Partner Aug 7, 2014 3:37PM

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyWhether you like it or hate it, Obamacare has been effective in reducing the number of uninsured in the U.S.

Its impact may be most significant in Arkansas, at least where sheer numbers are concerned, according to the latest Gallup-Well Being national survey. In 2013, Arkansas ranked next to last in the U.S. for its uninsured rate. Now, it's leading the country in the biggest reduction in uninsured. Arkansas' uninsured rate dropped from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 percent in the second half of 2014.

Insurance Policy © Don Carstens/Brand X Pictures/Jupiterimages"While a majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate is declining, as the law intended," Gallup said.

Kentucky is a close second to Arkansas. Its uninsured rate plunged from 20.4 percent in 2013 to 11.9 percent now.

According to Gallup, the 10 states that reported the biggest drops in their uninsured rates all expanded Medicaid as part of the program and all created state-based online marketplaces where their residents could buy individual insurance. Some states refused to expand Medicaid for low-income people and also refused to set up an online marketplace, meaning their residents had to buy individual insurance through a federal marketplace.

Gallup said, "The uninsured rate declined 4.0 points in the 21 states that have implemented both of these measures, compared with a 2.2-point drop across the 29 states that have implemented only one or neither of these actions."

The overall impact of the Affordable Care Act is substantial. The national uninsured rate peaked at 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013. It has since dropped to 13.4 percent in the second quarter of this year. That's the lowest quarterly rate in more than six years, Gallup said.

"The nationwide Gallup survey confirmed other studies: Despite its chaotic rollout last fall and unrelenting Republican opposition -- the House has conducted more than 50 repeal votes -- the Affordable Care Act has signed up millions of previously uninsured Americans to health care coverage," SeattlePI said.

What do you think of the latest uninsured numbers?

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Ok, now report the percentage that are paying little to nothing  and the Govt is picking up the rest??
Gallup can also 'credit' obamcare for America's Middle Class health insurance costs going through the roof, losing their health insurance plans, and NOT being able to keep their doctors.
Aug 8, 2014 2:27AM
The only news I care about is when are my insurance premium cost going to back to pre-obamacare rates. My premiums have tripled, deductible have doubled,my out of pocket has doubled and I have no co-pays( meaning I have to pay in full for all doctor visits,including ER until my deductable is met.
Aug 8, 2014 7:50AM
A health insurance policy doesn't mean you will get the health care you need.  Your care/treatment should be determined by your doctor(s) and not the insurance company.   
Aug 8, 2014 9:48AM
Of course it has because the tax payers will pick up the tab. We need to divide this country in half: Libs/progressives on one side and conservatives on the other and see which one prospers the most. Anyone want to take a wild guess which it will be?
Aug 7, 2014 7:53PM
Why wouldn't the rate drop, their getting their insurance for nothing. When will we get the percentage of free loaders versus people who have to actually pay for their premiums. Obamacare is redistribution of wealth, classic liberalism at its worse.
Aug 8, 2014 9:33AM
I am glad my Health Insurance plan that doubled my out of pocket deductibles, doubled co-insurance deductible, increased my monthly premium by 75%, and now has a Rx deductible separate from the regular deductible (thanks to ACA compliant policy change) is affording Insurance to those who don't have it (sarc.). I will have to pay up to $19K out of pocket before Insurance kicks in 100%, that is a huge increase from the previous years comparable plan which was a max of $7,500. It is amazing the difference between what is billed by healthcare providers vs. what the Insurance companies pay for. If the costs were reigned in, the by-product would be affordable healthcare all without a law needing to be passed and a current price tag of over $1.5B to implement..
Aug 7, 2014 7:33PM

                                                  "Obozocare In All It's Glory"

While a MAJORITY OF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO DISAPPROVE of Obozocare the uninsured rate is declining. Sure it is when those that signed up are being subsidized by those that are not. What happens when Obozo puts 30+ million illegal aliens onto a pathway to citizenship when he hands out the amnesty candy? Yep, you guessed it. There will now be even more people for the middle class to SUBSIDIZE. An even further look down this road means the same amount of Doctors providing services to an additional 60+ million people. Good luck seeing a Doctor in a timely manner... 

Aug 8, 2014 8:12AM
I wouldn't call that a "nose-dive". Plus, what about people like me who just got a job that offers insurance through the company? I doubt they are taking that into account. "Oh there are more people insured now they must ALL have signed up for our useless Obamacare plans!" I know a couple friends signed up for it, and it is NOT what they thought it would be!
Aug 7, 2014 10:33PM
The Book of Mathew, 25th chapter is where Christ calls on all of us to care for those among us He called "the least of these".  As Christians and as a Christian nation, we will be judged by God himself and by non-believers all over the world on how we treat those among us who need our help. The house republicans and their obsession with Obamacare have not set a Christ-like example for us all. I pray for the anger and hatred we see in Washington.
Aug 8, 2014 8:58AM
How can you believe in these statistics?  No one has even been able to tell if people are paid up, how many are on medicade vs how many have signed up for insurance, who's lied about their income for subsidies, how many people are in default for non payment, etc.  These Gallup polls are just a bunch of nonsense. I'm wondering if these polls aren't just another arm of the Democratic party....lies, lies, lies.  It's too bad really.
Aug 8, 2014 11:52AM

Sure  uninsured rates are way down. Millions of newly insured are now on free Medicaid or heavily subsidized ACA premiums. If you earn a living income, PAY income taxes and are older, your health insurance rates now include the premiums for that young able bodied lazy loafer down the street. Since he refuses to work a second job or find a better job to provide for himself or his family(like I did for 45 years),  I'm now expected to do it for him.

Aug 8, 2014 10:02AM
I don't think anyone will argue that Obamacare isn't a great deal for those who get insurance for free or dratistically reduced rates.  I just hope I can keep my insurance when the new rates go into effect. 
Aug 8, 2014 1:46PM
I  have just seen HAMAS fighters carry AMERICAN MILITARY WEAPONS ,,, M-4's

Aug 8, 2014 11:49PM
Sure.  And if I walked down the sidewalk throwing $100 bills, they would all get snatched up too.  Free is always easy to accept?
Aug 8, 2014 11:12AM

 THATS      W E I N E R          There ,,, fixed it for ya 
Aug 8, 2014 12:46PM
More bulls**t shovelling by DC and the media.
Aug 12, 2014 11:23PM

My question to all of you who oppose the health care plan, What is your plan to get the uninsured insured?

What part of we "have been paying for uninsured people for years" do you not get? Why do you think we pay the outrageous amount of money for an aspirin when we go to a hospital? We are making up for those who did not or could not pay.


It's as you guys just woke up and are getting mad about something that has been happening since before some of you even got a real job that gave you healthcare. 



Aug 8, 2014 10:41AM
Kentucky?!  OMG - gonna give the old Boy Mitchy McConnell a heart attack!!  OBAMACARE successful!  Horrors for the ole boy.  Hopefully KY wakes up to this geezer who's been in term much too long, has done nothing for KY for his entire term, and it's time to boot the one-term minded self-serving thug out!!  
Aug 11, 2014 10:35PM

Paid for by the taxpayer .

Welfare Health Care by another name .

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