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Nationally Insured Coverage Relatively Stable Between 2015 and 2016; Pennsylvania Uninsured Dropped

May 16, 2017

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the 2016 findings from their national survey.

NCHS found that there was relatively no change in the uninsured between 2015 and 2016 nationally. However, in Pennsylvania, the survey reflects a continued drop in the percentage of uninsured from 2013 through 2016.

Pennsylvania has a higher insured rate than does the nation at large—7.2 percent as compared to 9.0 percent nationally.

The highest uninsured rates for states are in the south and southwest, including Texas at 18.7 percent, Oklahoma at 16.5 percent, and Florida at 13.8 percent. The lowest rates are in Hawaii at 2.7 percent and Massachusetts at 2.6 percent.

Other key national findings include:

  • The nation’s uninsured population has dropped by 20 million since enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010
  • The majority of adults age 18 to 64 (69.2 percent, or 136.4 million people) are covered by private health insurance plans. This includes 9.4 million, or 4.7 percent, that health insurance through the health insurance marketplace, offered by states or through the federally-facilitated marketplace
  • The percentage of adults in high-deductible health plans continues to increase, rising from 36.7 percent in 2015 to 39.4 percent in 2016
  • Adults age 25 to 34 (16.5 percent) were almost twice as likely as adults aged 45 to 64 (8.9 percent) to lack health insurance coverage
  • The greatest decreases in the uninsured adult population since 2013 have been for adults who were poor or near poor, reflecting the importance of Medicaid expansions and the ACA subsidies in enabling access to health insurance coverage
  • Amongst children ages 0 to 17, 53.8 percent are in private health insurance plans, 43 percent have public coverage (i.e., Medicaid or CHIP), and 5.1 percent are uninsured

HAP’s advocacy regarding federal legislative efforts to repeal and replace the ACA are focused on:

  • Ensuring continuity of coverage and care through access to a robust and competitive delivery system, including preserving coverage for the more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians who secured health insurance coverage through the ACA
  • Ensuring stable and sufficient funding for hospitals, recognizing that repeal without replacement would increase hospital uncompensated care and hurt the state’s economy given the role hospitals play in local economies
  • Maintaining momentum in delivery system transformation and innovation that has reduced patient harm and preventable readmissions and advanced growth in primary care and more collaborative care

Please contact Scott Bishop, HAP’s senior vice president, legislative advocacy, with questions regarding HAP’s advocacy on federal health care reform initiatives.

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