Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania’s Uninsured Rate at Historic Low
September 13, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate declined slightly from 5.6 percent in 2016 to 5.5 percent in 2017 – the lowest on record. The decrease continues the downward trend since the Affordable Care Act’s passage despite efforts from the federal government to undermine its progress.
“Pennsylvania has taken significant steps to provide Pennsylvanians with access to affordable health coverage, and the result is that the uninsured rate has dropped by more than half in the past eight years,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “One of my first actions as governor was authorizing the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Along with the ongoing advocacy efforts of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and Department of Human Services, more Pennsylvanians than ever are covered, and our insurance market is stable and competitive.”
Pennsylvania’s 5.5 percent uninsured rate was released as part of a national study on health insurance coverage for 2017 based on current population reports issued by the United States Census Bureau this week. The decrease is considerably lower than the national uninsured rate of 8.8 percent.
More than a million Pennsylvanians have comprehensive health care under the ACA through expanded Medicaid or the marketplace.
“The Insurance Department has been working tirelessly to inform consumers about their options and ensure that the market is competitive and stable,” said Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. The record low number of uninsured shows that Pennsylvanians want and deserve access to health coverage. Open enrollment is just six weeks away, so I urge Pennsylvanians who want to enroll or re-enroll in a marketplace plan to start thinking about their coverage needs and to be fully informed about their choices.”
“This data shows that despite efforts to undo the progress made by the Affordable Care Act and its coverage improvements, the individual market and Medicaid expansion are still working and helping Pennsylvanians get the coverage they need,” said Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “Government should always be looking for ways to make quality, comprehensive coverage more accessible and affordable for the people they serve, and we will not give up this goal.”