Despite tax penalties and costly campaigns, 32.3 million Americans still lack health insurance. And about 15.7 million of those people do not have health coverage under Obamacare or Medicaid, a report recently released by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.
The report also revealed that more than 25 percent of the uninsured population are non-elderly adults or children. Kaiser investigators were surprised to learn that millions of people still lack insurance. They also found that the highest numbers of uninsured are in Texas, Florida and California.
This week, presidential hopefuls either pledged to repel the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare as soon as they are elected or simply ignored it in their discussions. On Tuesday, Jeb Bush vowed to replace ACA to repair the damage done by Washington for decades.
The report revealed that 4.4 million Texans or 16 percent of the state’s population lack health coverage. The finding is conflicting because 11 percent of Texans are eligible for Medicaid and 23 percent could enroll in an ACA exchange and benefit from tax credits.
About 2.78 million of people living in Florida lack health coverage even though 10 percent could get Medicaid and nearly 30 percent could afford a health insurance on the exchanges.
On November 1, the federal government will launch another open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. Obama administration pledged to focus more on states with low enrollment rates.
Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters last fall that the government tries to connect people with the best options for health coverage in an attempt to drastically reduce the number of the uninsured.
Kaiser researchers said that people lack health insurance even though the federal government offered access to Medicaid to all non-elderly adults that do not earn more than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit.
Additionally, after a 2012 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, 30 states expanded Medicaid eligibility. But Medicaid is still optional for the states. As a result 10 percent of uninsured people, 3.1 million, do not have access to insurance because their states didn’t adopt Medicaid. Moreover, nearly 5 million uninsured are illegal aliens that cannot apply for Obamacare coverage under the federal law.
About 25 percent of the uninsured are either undocumented immigrants or live in a state that didn’t opt for Medicaid expansion, Kaiser reported. There are also uninsured whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid or subsidized health coverage under the ACA. These people do not get insurance because of high premiums or deductibles or because there are delays in their health care.
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