States embracing Obamacare are doing a better job of covering the uninsured, surveys show
New surveys out Wednesday morning provide a glimpse into just how many Americans have gained insurance since the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces opened in October.
First, Gallup reports that states which fully embraced the law by setting up their own exchanges and expanding their Medicaid programs saw their uninsured rate drop this year three times faster than the states that didnít.
Gallup just last week reported that the uninsured rate had dropped from 17.1 percent to 15.6 percent between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 ó the lowest rate since 2008. It's not all that surprising that states which have embraced the law have seen a larger decline in the uninsured rate. They have more resources for outreach and greater enthusiasm for getting people enrolled.