Georgia adults among the least likely to have health insurance

Health-care reform is sure to be a hot topic in the remaining presidential debates which take place Oct. 9 and Oct. 19.

Donald Trump says he plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) though his campaign has not articulated their views or stated if they would offer an alternative.

The national uninsured rate is at a record low of 8.6 percent, according to the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the numbers vary wildly from one state to the next.

Georgia is one of the states with the highest rate of uninsured residents, according to a new survey from Wallethub.com.

Compared to the other states, Georgia does somewhat better with children (ages 0-17.)

Only 6.65% of children in the state are uninsured — a rank of 38 out of the 50 states.

But among adults, a full 16.24% of Georgia residents are uninsured for a rank of 48.

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Experts suggest that the number of uninsured residents will fall as individuals file their taxes in 2017 and experience the penalty for being uninsured which reached its highest level in 2016 and will continue to increase over time.

For full survey results, visit www.thewallethub.com.

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9 comments
Herman Talmadge
Herman Talmadge

Notice how the more EDUCATED States always seem to be A OK

Terry Case
Terry Case

Georgia is an educated state as well so no I haven't noticed that.

Terry Case
Terry Case

No we needed to get rid of Obamacare. Medicaid did not need expansion. I don't support my tax dollars paying for everyone. The Obamacare subsidy is bad enough.

David Fige
David Fige

I know right, when he voted for the ACA... shameful... oh wait he didn't.. guess he gets the blame for that too.

Nancie Turner
Nancie Turner

David Fige What are you talking about? He needed to expand Medicaid so more citizens could get benefits. He didn't. Studies show that the ACA has not increased the cost of health care......despite what you hear on the radio.

David Fige
David Fige

Nancy Turner, Jan 1, 2015 the Feds cut Medicaid reimbursements by over 47%, as they expected the States to pick up the shortfall. Try finding a Doctor that accepts Medicaid in Ga. now. Now people in other states are having the same issue, and just going to the ER since they can't find a Doctor who accepts Medicaid coverage. People can get on the obamacare plan for free, or nearly depending on income though the national exchange.

Krystal Watson
Krystal Watson

Duh.. Its high as the sky! Smh... Luckily I have it