Counties where most people don’t have health insurance – 24/7 Wall St.
The United States is the only major affluent nation in the world that does not offer universal health insurance to its citizens. Although the The USA is homeIn many of the world’s top hospitals and medical research facilities, there are tens of millions of Americans who do not have health insurance.
Although the uninsured rate has dropped significantlyy in the last decade – largely due to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act – more than 23 million working-age adults do not have health insurance. Americans without insurance are less likely to receive screening or treatment for chronic conditions — and illnesses or accidents that require hospitalization are often financially devastating. Several studies indicate that nearly two-thirds of personal bankruptcies in the US are due to unpaid medical bills. (Here’s a look at the most expensive medical treatments in America.)
Many Americans get insurance coverage through their jobs. Those whose employers don’t offer health insurance and who aren’t eligible for Medicare or Medicaid usually have to pay for insurance out of pocket — and lots of uninsured AmerThe Icelanders cite the high cost of insurance as a reason for not doing so.
Using data from the US Census Bureau, 24/7 Tempo identified the US counties with the worst health insurance coverage. Counties and county equivalents are ranked by proportion of uninsured adult population under age 65.
Among the counties on this list, uninsured rates range from about 34% to over 50%. For comparison, 12.3% of the US population ages 19-65 are uninsured.
The vast majority of counties on this list are in states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage. Under the ACA says weRe offered federal money to expand Medicaid coverage to those with incomes up to 138% of the poverty line. However, 12 states have chosen not to expand Medicaid, including Georgia, South Dakota and Texas — which together house 37 of the 50 counties on this list. Here’s a look at America’s best healthcare system.
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