New studies show progress in covering the uninsured in Maryland

Maryland Health Benefit Exchange logoMaryland is making substantial improvement in getting health coverage for the uninsured, by various measures.

The rate of uninsured in Maryland dropped from 12.9 percent in 2013 to 7 percent in mid-2015, according to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released this week.

In another survey using other methodology released last week, 24/7 Wall St. measured the uninsured in Maryland as dropping from 10.3 percent of the state’s population in 2012 to 4.9 percent this year. Maryland improved from 12th-best in the country to eighth-best in covering the uninsured during that span, the online publication reported.

And in another sign of progress, Maryland’s enrollment of 26-34 year-olds represented 19 percent of total enrollment. That was fourth best among the 14 state marketplaces, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation this spring (Page 62). Meanwhile, the 18-25 year-old age group made up 10.7 percent of total enrollment in Maryland, third best among state exchanges. Enrollment of the so-called “young invincibles” in their 20’s and 30’s is vital to economic sustainability of the insurance marketplaces,