Counties where most people don’t have health insurance – 24/7 Wall St.
The United States is the only major wealthy country in the world that does not offer its citizens universal health coverage. Although the USA is homen many of the world’s top hospitals and medical research institutes, tens of millions of Americans do not have health insurance.
Although the rate of uninsured has dropped considerablyy in the last ofCade – largely due to provisions of the Affordable Care Act – more than 23 million working-age adults lack health insurance. Americans without coverage are less likely to receive preventative care or treatment for chronic conditions — and illnesses or accidents that require hospitalization are often financially ruinous. Several studies indicate that nearly two-thirds of personal bankruptcies in the country are due to medical bills that cannot be paid. (Here’s a look at the most expensive medical treatments in America.)
Many Americans receive insurance coverage through their work. Those whose employers don’t offer health insurance and who aren’t eligible for Medicare or Medicaid will typically have to pay for insurance out of pocket — and many uninsured BitterResidents cite the high cost of insurance as the reason they go without.
Using data from the US Census Bureau, 24/7 Tempo identified US counties with the worst health insurance coverage. Counties and their equivalents are ranked according to the share of the adult population under age 65 that is uninsured.
Among the counties on this list, uninsured rates range from about 34% to over 50%. For context, 12.3% of the US population between the ages of 19 and 65 is uninsured.
The vast majority of counties on this list are in states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage. Under the ACA, declare that were offered federal money to expand Medicaid coverage to those with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level. However, 12 states have chosen not to expand Medicaid, including Georgia, South Dakota and Texas — which alone are home to 37 of the 50 counties on this list. Here’s a look at America’s best healthcare system.
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