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Fewer Than 1 in 10 Americans are Uninsured


  • George Prentice

As the Affordable Care Act is now well into its seventh year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that, for the first time in the nation's history, fewer than one in 10 Americans lack health insurance.

The survey of 2015 data also revealed that the uninsured rate in Idaho had reached 12.4 percent—35.8 percent of Idahoans said they were covered through a public health insurance plan while 60.8 percent said they had private health insurance coverage (some citizens reported having both private and public coverage).

Regionally, New England states fared best, with only 4 percent of its citizens uninsured. The Southwest fared poorest with 15.6 of its population uninsured. The Mountain states registered 9.7 percent of its citizens as being uninsured.

"There's still more work to do as we build a health care system that works for everyone and results in better care, smarter spending and healthier people,' said U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in a prepared statement. "But our country is unequivocally on stronger footing today because of the Affordable Care Act. That’s progress to celebrate."