10 states where post-PPACA uninsured rates rockNews added by Benefits Pro on August 22, 2014
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By Kathryn Mayer

One of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s central goals is to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. And while the uninsured rate has dropped to a record low of roughly 13.4 percent nationwide, according to Gallup numbers, rates vary dramatically across states.

Wallethub, a personal finance social network, analyzed data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Census Bureau to determine which states have the best uninsured rates following the implementation of PPACA.

“Following the implementation of Obamacare, there’s been a lot of talk but not a lot of real information consumers can use to compare states by insurance coverage rates,” the Wallethub report read.

The data is an initial projection of uninsured rates post-PPACA for 43 states and the District of Columbia. Seven states were excluded from analysis due to data limitations, analysts said.

10. Kentucky

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 17.3 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 8.95 percent

Difference before and after: -8.35 percent

9. Washington

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 16.01 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 8.27 percent

Difference before and after: -7.73 percent
8. Iowa

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 11.58 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 7.47 percent

Difference before and after: -4.11 percent

7. Minnesota

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 10.07 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 6.61 percent

Difference before and after: -3.47 percent

6. West Virginia

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 17.34 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 6.59 percent

Difference before and after: -10.74 percent

5. Oregon

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 16.91 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 6.38 percent

Difference before and after: -10.54 percent
4. Hawaii

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 9.11 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 6.35 percent

Difference before and after: -2.75 percent

3. District of Columbia

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 9.09 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 6.29 percent

Difference before and after: -2.80 percent

2. Rhode Island

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 14.34 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 5.6 percent

Difference before and after: -8.73 percent

1. Massachusetts

Pre-PPACA uninsured rate: 4.35 percent

Post-PPACA projected uninsured rate: 1.2 percent

Difference before and after: -3.16 percent

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