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Expect more patients as uninsured rates drop

May 13, 2016
by Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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For treatment centers that accept private insurance and Medicaid, more individuals have gained increased access to their services. Estimated uninsured rates for a majority of U.S. counties dropped between 2013 and 2014, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the total U.S. population under the age of 65, the estimated uninsured rate dropped in 74.1% of counties.

The data essentially notes the effect of the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expanded coverage provisions.

In 2014, ACA gave states the option to expand Medicaid eligibility to most low-income, working-age adults. That population saw a decrease in the uninsured in 59.3% of counties from 2013 to 2014.

In states that expanded Medicaid eligibility—31 states and the District of Columbia have done so thus far—96% of counties had an overall decrease in uninsured rates for working-age adults. For states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility, 37% of counties had a decrease in uninsured rates for working-age adults.