Open Enrollment Year 6 (OE6) ends on Saturday for most of the country and the Kaiser Family Foundation has a new fact sheet with statistics on key facts about the uninsured population. The data shows that the number of uninsured had dropped to under 27 million people in 2016 but went up by 700,000 in 2017 which was the first increase in the uninsured rate since full implementation of the ACA occurred in 2014. The uninsured rate now stands at 10.2%. When asked why they remain uninsured, the #1 reason respondents to the Kaiser survey cite is cost (45%). The fact sheet entitled “Key Facts about the Uninsured Population” has more detail on all these stats and includes state specific information and how Medicaid expansion affects these rates.
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