A new survey shows a significant decline in people without health insurance both across the country and in Maryland since the Affordable Care Act began.
In 2014, the first full year of coverage following implementation of the ACA, 32 percent of low-income people reported being uninsured, down from 39 percent in 2013, according to the National Health Interview Survey. The federal data were released June 15 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
The so-called near-poor uninsured dropped from 39 percent in 2013 to 31 percent in 2014, while the percent of all other Americans who reported being uninsured also declined, from 11 in 2013 to 9 in 2014.
In Maryland, the percentage of people without insurance under age 65 fell to 9.3 in 2014 from 13.4 in 2013. The 4.1-point drop was 14th largest in the country. People are eligible for possible financial assistance through Maryland Health Connection until they qualify for Medicare at age 65.
Researchers broke down the information by state and ages — persons under age 65, adults 18–64 and youths under 18. In Maryland, the rate of uninsurance for all ages was 7.9 percent in 2014, lower than the 13.3 percent national average.
The share of Marylanders covered by a public health plan was 34.6 percent, exactly at the national average. Meanwhile, 67.1 percent were covered in private health insurance plans, higher than the national average of 61.8 percent — and that was true across all age groups in Maryland.
Maryland, let’s build on that success in getting people covered. Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage begins Nov. 1, and Medicaid enrollment is year-round.