Urban Institute: Uninsured Rate Ticked up in 2017, Largely in Non-expansion States

The uninsured rate went up in 2017 after several years of declines, and the trend particularly affected people in states that did not expand Medicaid, a new study shows.

Researchers at the Urban Institute, a left-leaning think tank, found that 700,000 people became uninsured between 2016 and 2017 following several years of declines in the uninsured rate dating back to 2013.

The uninsured rate remained at 7.6% in Medicaid expansion states in 2017 but increased from 13.7% to 14.3% in states that did not expand the program, the study found. In addition, the rate went up despite strong economic indicators and growth in employer-sponsored coverage.


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