The rate of uninsured in Maryland dropped from 12.9 percent in 2013 to 7.8 percent in 2014, among the best in the country, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released this week.
The results were based on based on telephone interviews conducted from Jan. 2 to Dec. 30, 2013, and Jan. 2 to Dec. 30, 2014, with a random sample of 178,072 adults in 2013 and 176,702 adults in 2014, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The findings were based on respondents’ answers to the question, “Do you have health insurance coverage?” Sample sizes ranged from 465 randomly selected adult residents in North Dakota to nearly 17,000 in California.
As Sarah Gantz pointed out in the Baltimore Business Journal, the uninsured rate in states that chose to expand Medicaid and set up their own state exchanges or partnerships in the health insurance marketplace, as Maryland did, declined significantly more last year than the rate in states that did not. The uninsured rate declined 4.8 points in the 21 states that implemented both of those measures, compared with a 2.7-point drop across the 29 states that undertook one or none of those actions. The drop in Maryland’s uninsured rate was 5.1 percentage points.