Health Reform WK-EDGE Uninsurance rates level out for 2016, newly enrolled satisfied with coverage
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Uninsurance rates level out for 2016, newly enrolled satisfied with coverage

By Kayla R. Bryant, J.D.

Following the third open enrollment period, uninsurance rates for 2016 are statistically unchanged from 2015. Still, many of those with marketplace or Medicaid coverage stated that they would not have been able to access or afford the care that they are now receiving. The Commonwealth Fund’s fourth Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey indicated that in 2016, over 80 percent of those with marketplace or Medicaid coverage are somewhat to very satisfied with their plans.

Coverage gains. In 2016, the uninsured rate for non-elderly adults is 12.7 percent. Coverage gains are still observed for those between ages 35 and 49, while the rates for both younger and older adults are nearly the same. Although these rates are significantly lower than rates in 2013 and 2014, uninsurance rates for those with lower incomes (up to 249 percent of the poverty level) are much higher than for those with higher incomes.

Coverage experiences. Almost half of those in marketplace plans and three of five adults in Medicaid were uninsured before gaining this type of coverage. Over half of adults gaining coverage had been uninsured for over two years. Nearly three-quarters of those newly enrolled had used their coverage to access care, and 61 percent of these stated that they would not have been able to obtain this care without their coverage. Almost half of those that were previously uninsured expressed the same sentiment.

Companies: The Commonwealth Fund

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