Arkansas cuts uninsured rate in more than half in wake of Obamacare, leads nation | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Arkansas cuts uninsured rate in more than half in wake of Obamacare, leads nation

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 8:46 AM

gallup.png

Since the enactment of Obamacare's major coverage provisions in 2014, Arkansas has seen its rate of uninsurance cut in more than half — falling from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 9 percent in the first half of 2015 — according to the latest numbers from Gallup. That's the biggest drop in the nation (nationwide, the uninsurance rate has fallen by about a third, from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 11.7 percent  in the first half of 2015). It's a remarkable achievement, and of course credit must go to the Arkansas legislature and former Gov. Mike Beebe for enacting the private option, which covers 250,000 Arkansans. 

Back in 2013, one in four adults in the state aged 19-64 had no health insurance. That's the world that a rump group in the legislature remains eager to return to. 

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by David Ramsey

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Industrial hemp pilot program coming soon to Arkansas

    One of the booths at this week's Ark-La-Tex Medical Cannabis Expo was hosted by the Arkansas Hemp Association, a trade group founded to promote and expand non-intoxicating industrial hemp as an agricultural crop in the state. AHA Vice President Jeremy Fisher said the first licenses to grow experimental plots of hemp in the state should be issued by the Arkansas State Plant Board next spring.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation