Uninsured rates among ages 19-64 dropped 13 percent
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2016) — Kentucky had the nation’s largest drop in the number of uninsured low-income adults ages 19 to 64 from 2013-2015, says a report by The Commonwealth Fund. Kentucky’s number of uninsured low-income adults dropped 25 percent, to 13 percent. Low-income adults are considered those with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($22,980).
Kentucky’s rate for all adults 19 to 64 dropped from 21 percent to 8 percent. Kentucky, which has the largest improvement in adult uninsured rates, also experienced the biggest improvement among the number of adults 18 and older who said they went without insurance because of costs, with numbers dropping from 19 percent to 12 percent.
The number of Kentucky’s at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the past two years dropped from 15 percent to 11 percent, tying Oklahoma and Rhode Island for the biggest drop.
Kentucky’s uninsured rate for those 18 and under dropped from 6 percent to 4 percent and for all people 64 and under from 17 percent to 7 percent.
Among those ages 19 to 64 Kentucky’s rate of uninsured black non-Hispanic adults dropped from 26 percent to 8 percent, white non-Hispanics from 19 percent to 7 percent and Hispanics from 53 percent to 35 percent. For all adults 18 and older Kentucky’s low-income uninsured rate dropped from 34 percent to 21 percent, black non-Hispanics adults from 19 percent to 13 percent, white non-Hispanics from 19 percent to 12 percent and Hispanics from 23 percent to 9 percent.