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The San Antonio Express-News (9/18) reports in continuing coverage that new Census Bureau data released Wednesday “showed almost nine million people gained health insurance last year, reducing the number of uninsured to 10.4 percent of the nation, down from 13.3 percent the year before.” In Texas, more than 700,000 gained health coverage last year. While Texas “leads the nation in both the number and rate of uninsured — 19 percent, or five million people — the steep drop in uninsured is the largest seen in the state since 1999, an improvement that advocates attribute to the Affordable Care Act.”
The Columbus (OH) Dispatch (9/18) reports that the percentage of Ohioans without health insurance “dropped to 8.4 percent in 2014 from 11 percent the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.” According to the article, the data “suggest that the Affordable Care Act — not the recovering economy — deserves the lion’s share of credit for cutting” the uninsured rate.
Also reporting on the Census Bureau data are the Albuquerque (NM) Journal (9/18), the Augusta (GA) Chronicle (9/17), the Galveston County (TX) The Daily News (9/18), Providence (RI) Business News (9/18), the Providence (RI) Journal (9/17), and the Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal (9/17).