In Most HPPR States, Uninsured Rates Remain High

Sep 18, 2017

Credit Wallethub

After the Affordable Care Act became law, insurance rates in America dipped to historic lows. But those uninsured rates are on the rise again, thanks to uncertainty in the insurance markets. And uninsured rates can vary wildly across states.

The personal finance website Wallethub recently set out to find which states had the lowest rates of uninsured citizens.

Most states in the HPPR listening area fared poorly in the findings, largely due to the fact that most High Plains states have refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA.

Colorado was the only HPPR state to expand Medicaid, and it was the only HPPR state to make the top half of the list, landing at number 23 among all states. Nebraska was further down at number 29 and Kansas was just below that, at number 31. Oklahoma was near the very bottom of the list, at number 48, and Texas has the worst rate of insured residents, landing all the way at the bottom of the list.