States fighting ACA lag in reducing uninsured rates

Doctor Speaking with PatientStates that created their own insurance exchanges and allowed an expansion of Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act were three times more successful in reducing their percentages of uninsured citizens than states such as Kansas that did neither, according to a new Gallup survey. “The uninsured rate, on average, declined 2.5 percentage points in the 21 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have implemented both of these measures, compared with a 0.8-point drop across the 29 states that have taken only one or neither of these actions,” Gallup reported. An estimated 75,000-plus Kansans would qualify for health insurance if Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature allowed the Medicaid expansion.