Uninsured rates down in 28 states 2019-2021 - BCTV

Uninsured rates down in 28 states 2019-2021 – BCTV

Among the states with the highest private coverage rates in 2021: Minnesota (75.9%), New Hampshire (76.6%), North Dakota (77.3%) and Utah (77.8%) ( Figure 2). The New Hampshire rate was not statistically different from the Minnesota and North Dakota rates.

These states also had higher employer-sponsored coverage rates than the national average of 54.7%. High rates of employer-sponsored coverage reflect strong economic conditions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these states also had lower unemployment rates in 2021 than the national average of 5.3%: Minnesota (3.4%); New Hampshire (3.5%); North Dakota (3.7%); and Utah (2.7%).

Between 2019 and 2021, private coverage rates decreased by 0.4 percentage points nationwide.

States that experienced high unemployment also experienced significant declines in private coverage, although these declines were not statistically different: Nevada (down 2.3 percentage points) and Rhode Island (down 4.0 percentage points). 2 percentage points) (Figure 2). Both states saw increases in unemployment rates between 2019 and 2021, which may have contributed to declining private coverage.

Private coverage rates fell in 18 states, and only one state — Florida — saw an increase in private coverage thanks to a 1.5 percentage point increase in direct purchase coverage. According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), ACA Marketplace enrollment increased in Florida during this period. Market hedging is a type of direct purchase hedging.

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