Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Interactive map, tables show changes by state in health coverage and financing under Obamacare

Screenshot of interactive map shows partial data for Arizona; for a larger version,
click on the image. For the actual interactive map, click on the link below.
The Kaiser Family Foundation launched an interactive map Friday that provides a look at changes in health-insurance coverage and financing in each state under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The ACA, enacted in 2010, increased enrollment in health insurance by financing expansion of Medicaid in states that chose to do so, offering tax credits for low- and middle-income people to buy private insurance, and reforming insurance-market rules. For example, it required insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing health conditions.

Users can scroll over each state to see a detailed breakdown of ACA-related data, as described by the foundation's Katie Smith:
  • The number of people enrolled in plans in the ACA marketplace, the number of enrollees receiving advance premium tax credits to help them buy insurance, and the total amount of money in the form of such credits received by marketplace enrollees in the state.
  • The number of enrollees in Medicaid, with a break out of the number of Medicaid expansion enrollees in the 31 expansion states and Washington D.C., as well as total federal Medicaid spending and Medicaid expansion spending in the state;
  • The reduction in the number of people without health coverage in each state between 2013 and 2015, as well as the estimated number of people in the state with pre-existing health conditions.
"The map also shows the political party affiliations of U.S. senators in each state," Smith adds. "Replacement legislation under consideration in Congress has the potential to affect every state’s Medicaid program and individual health insurance market."

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