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How many people in Pennsylvania don’t have health insurance?
As of the end of 2016 — the latest year of data available — a little more than 690,000 residents of Pennsylvania did not have health insurance, according to a report issued by the Pennsylvania State Data Center.
That equates to about 6.8 percent of the state’s population. Put a different way, about 93 percent of the state’s population had health insurance coverage in 2016.
People between 18 and 39 years old were the ones most likely to be uninsured with about 10 percent of that group lacking coverage, according to the State Data Center.
Residents younger than 18, as well as those between the ages of 50 and 64, have an uninsured rate of 5 percent or less.
The number of people without health insurance has dropped significantly since the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act — commonly referred to as Obamacare — and the expansion of Medicaid in the state.
From 2008 to 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act became law, the percentage of Pennsylvania residents without health insurance rose from about 10.6 percent to a little more than 12 percent, according to the report.
Between 2010 and 2014, the uninsured rate shrunk a little more than 10 percent. In August 2014, then Gov. Tom Corbett announced a plan to expand Medicaid but seek a waiver to some of the Affordable Care Act requirements.
When Gov. Tom Wolf took office a few months later, that plan was eliminated in favor a more traditional Medicaid expansion.
The uninsured rate fell by roughly 25 percent in Pennsylvania in 2015 and by another 10 percent in 2016, according to the State Data Center.
About 11,300 people in Cumberland County, or about 5.8 percent of the population, did not have insurance in 2016, compared to more than 18,000 people going without insurance in the county in 2010.
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