Latino Uninsured Rates Dropped Dramatically from 2013-2016


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Three years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. Since that time, the uninsured rate in the United States has been significantly reduced to historic lows. From 2013-2016, the rate of uninsured Americans overall has been virtually cut in half and people in all demographics and regions of the country have seen significant gains. Latinos, in particular, have greatly benefited from the new insurance laws.

An issue brief released by Enroll America has shown how much Latinos – and all Americans – have benefited from the ACA. According to the brief, uninsured rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have declined since 2013; about 90% of all counties in the U.S. saw their rate drop by a 25% or more.

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The uninsured rate declined across for demographic group accounted for in Enroll America’s research. Latinos recorded the second largest percentage point decline in uninsured rate from 2013-2016 with a reduction of 11.1% (from 26.2% to 15.1%) behind African Americans at 11.4%. Non-elderly adults also saw record-breaking gains, as the rate went from 16.4% to 8.3%.

Young adults, aged 18-34 years, had by far the largest percentage point and proportional declines among all age groups. Taking advantage of new rules that allowed them to remain on their parents insurance plans for lengthier times, young adults’ uninsured rate dropped from 21.6% to 7.1%.

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