Gallup: Only one state still has an uninsured rate over 20%

Arkansas, Kentucky had largest percentage point drops in uninsured

Gallup and CDC have both released new poll data this week finding sharp drops in the U.S. uninsured rate since 2013, before most of the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions took effect.

Gallup survey

A Gallup survey released on Monday found that the uninsured rate among U.S. adults has fallen from 17.3% in 2013 to 11.7%.

Gallup's biannual survey compared responses from more than 178,000 adults in 2013 with responses from nearly about 89,000 adults in the first half of this year.

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According to the survey, Arkansas and Kentucky saw the largest reductions, with the states' uninsured rates falling by about 13 percentage points and 11 percentage points, respectively, over the past two years. Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington also saw their uninsured rates drop by at least 10 percentage points.

In addition, six total states—Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Vermont—had their insured rates increase to at least 95%. Previously, Massachusetts was the only state to reach that level.

And only one state—Texas—currently has an uninsured rate above 20%, according to the survey. Fourteen states in 2013 had uninsured rates higher than 20%, including Texas, which had the highest uninsured rate, at 27%.

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CDC: Number of uninsured has dropped by one-third since 2013

Meanwhile, a report released Wednesday by CDC found that the number of Americans who are uninsured dropped by about one-third to 29 million between 2013 and the first quarter of 2015.

For the report, researchers analyzed data for about 26,000 people from the National Health Interview Survey.

They found that the number of Americans without health insurance dropped by about 15.8 million between 2013 and 2015. The report found that the uninsured rate among all U.S. residents declined from 14.4% in 2013 to 9.2% in the first quarter of 2015.

The data also show that proportion of uninsured declined more steeply in states that have expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act than it did in states that have not expanded the program.

According to the report, between 2013 and the first quarter of 2015 the percentage of residents ages 18 to 64 without coverage declined from about 18.5% to about 10.5% in expansion states and from about 23% to about 17% in non-expansion states (Howell, Washington Times, 8/10; Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 8/10; Sullivan, The Hill, 8/10; Gallup survey, 8/10; Pear, New York Times, 8/12; Ungar, USA Today, 8/12).

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