Insurance coverage

US counties with the worst health insurance coverage – 24/7 Wall St.

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The share of Americans under age 65 without health insurance fwell each of youar between 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, and 2016, when President Barack Obama left office. Although the rate of uninsured among Americans under 65 increased in the years since, it remains well below the 17%+ figures in the years before the ACA.

Without a universal health care program, employer health insurance covers most Americans under age 65. Under this system, 10.3% of Americans under age 65, or about 25 million people, had no health insurance in 2019 — and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic.t more than 22 mtrillion Americans out of work.

Although most of those jobs have since been restored, the official 2020 uninsured rate for Americans under 65 will likely be higher than the 2019 rate, which in some parts of the country was already well above the national uninsured rates before death. of the ACA.

Using data from the US Census Bureau, 24/7 Tempo identified the 50 counties and county equivalents with the worst health insurance coverage. Counties are ranked by the proportion of residents under age 65 — the Medicare eligibility age — who are uninsured.

Half of the counties and county equivalents on this list are in Southern states, including 19 in Texas alone.

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