Fewer Marylanders without health coverage, Census Bureau reports

The rate of Marylanders without health insurance dropped from 10.2 in 2013 to 7.9 in 2014 during the first year of the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau today.

That tied Maryland for 11th among states with lowest rate of insured. The 2.3 percentage point drop was just behind the national average of 2.8 percentage point drop. It also was in line with a Gallup poll released earlier this year that estimated the rate of uninsured in Maryland dropped from 12.9 percent in 2013 to 7 percent in mid-2015.

“We’re very pleased by today’s Census news that shows progress in reducing the number of Marylanders without health insurance and of Americans as a whole. That means families are able to get the care they need and not risk serious financial hardship due to major medical bills. With continued success in 2015 in Maryland, the uninsured rate is dropping even further,” said Carolyn Quattrocki, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, which administers the state’s health insurance marketplace at MarylandHealthConnection.gov

“More than 65,000 Maryland households have received a total of $140 million in tax credits so far this year to help them afford quality insurance through Maryland Health Connection.gov. In fact, one of every 10 Marylanders is now insured through the state’s new and improved health insurance marketplace. We hope to reduce the number of people without insurance even more in 2016 after open enrollment begins Nov. 1.”

Census_UninsuredRate_091615Census_HouseholdIncome_091615In the United States as a whole, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage for 2014 was 10.4 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2013. The number of people without health insurance declined to 33 million from 41.8 million, according to the Census report, “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014.”

2014 also showed gains in health insurance among part-time workers, among households in the $25,000 to $50,000 income range and among black, Asian and Hispanic populations.

After several years of a relatively stable uninsured rate between 2008 and 2013 as measured by the American Community Survey, the percentage of the population who were uninsured dropped in 2014 when many provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect..