10 States With Lowest Uninsured Rates Post-ACA

The effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act continues to be hotly debated, but some states are definitely showing improvement with their number of uninsured individuals. Here are the top 10 states with the best uninsured rates in the aftermath of health care reform implementation, according to Wallethub, which 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. Seven states were excluded from analysis because of data limitations. [Image: Fotolia]

1. Massachusetts 1. Massachusetts

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 4.35%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 1.2%

Difference before and after: -3.16%

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2. Rhode Island 2. Rhode Island

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 14.34%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 5.6%

Difference before and after: -8.73%

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3. District of Columbia 3. District of Columbia

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 9.09%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 6.29%

Difference before and after: -2.80%

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4. Hawaii 4. Hawaii

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 9.11%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 6.35%

Difference before and after: -2.75%

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5. Oregon 5. Oregon

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 16.91%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 6.38%

Difference before and after: -10.54%

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6. West Virginia 6. West Virginia

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 17.34%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 6.59%

Difference before and after: -10.74%

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7. Minnesota 7. Minnesota

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 10.07%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 6.61%

Difference before and after: -3.47%

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8. Iowa 8. Iowa

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 11.58%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 7.47%

Difference before and after: -4.11%

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9. Washington 9. Washington

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 16.01%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 8.27%

Difference before and after: -7.73%

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10. Kentucky 10. Kentucky

Pre-ACA uninsured rate: 17.3%

Post-ACA projected uninsured rate: 8.95%

Difference before and after: -8.35%

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While the uninsured rate has dropped to a record low of 13.4% nationwide, according to Gallup figures, rates differ dramatically across states. Here are the top 10 states with the best uninsured rates in the aftermath of health care reform implementation, according to Wallethub.

 

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