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Thu Sep 14, 2017, 11:33 PM

Kentucky leads nation in decrease of those without insurance

Kentucky is one of the states most affected by former President Barack Obamaís health care law, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows.

Yet itís also a state that has elected some of the lawís biggest opponents.

In 2013, 14.3 percent of Kentuckyís population had no health insurance. By 2016, just 5.1 percent of the population lacked coverage. Thatís a 64 percent decline, the largest of any state in the country according to data from the American Community Survey released this week. Itís similar to data from other national polls, including the Gallup-Healthways Survey.

Nearly all of that decrease is because Kentucky was one of 31 states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the federal Affordable Care Act, allowing more than 461,000 people to get health coverage.

Read more: http://www.state-journal.com/2017/09/13/kentucky-leads-nation-in-decrease-of-those-without-insurance/

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