After Years of Decline, Uninsured are Growing, Especially in Iowa

Americans without health insurance rose to 12.2 percent last year, up from 10.9 percent at the end of 2016, according to new data the polling firm Gallup and digital health company Sharecare . This comes after several years of dramatic declines in the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance ― a direct result of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage provisions. The uninsured rate rose by statistically significant margins in Iowa and 16 other states in 2017, marking the first time since the full implementation of the ACA in 2014 that any state had a rate increase.

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