Hawaii 4th lowest in country in population lacking medical coverage

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2013, file photo shows the federal government form for applying for health coverage, in Washington. Americans are no better informed about the 2010 overhaul of the nation’s health insurance system than they were shortly after the bill passed, and most of those who would be eligible to buy coverage through the exchanges set to open Tuesday are unaware when they begin and say they don’t have enough information to understand what the law’s changes mean for them. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
(AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

According to a personal finance social network based out of Washington, D.C., Hawaii is one of several states with the lowest number of people without health insurance.

WalletHub recently released its 2014 Health Insurance Coverage Report which offers an initial projection of uninsured rates by state post-Obamacare.

Looking at health insurance coverage in Hawaii:

  • 6.35 percent of population lacks health insurance (Fourth lowest in the country).
  • Obamacare reduced the uninsured rate by 2.75 percentage points in one year.
  • 28.01 percent of population under 64 is on Medicaid.
  • 8,592 individuals enrolled in private health insurance plans under Obamacare.
  • 26,010 individuals enrolled in Medicaid between Summer 2013 and April 2014.

According to the report, the uninsured rate pre-Obamacare was 9.11 percent. The uninsured rate post-Obamacare is projected to be 6.35 percent.

The other three ahead of Hawaii in the report’s rankings are Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

The data used to compile the WalletHub report came from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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