CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fewer West Virginians had health insurance in 2017 than the year before, reversing a years-long trend of coverage increasing, according to U.S. Census data released Wednesday.
The rate of West Virginians without health insurance dropped from 14 percent (255,000 people) to 5.3 percent (96,000) between 2013 and 2016, coinciding with Medicaid expansion in the state under the Affordable Care Act. But in 2017, that increased to 6.1 percent (109,000), per the data.
The U.S. as a whole saw the rate of uninsured Americans drop from 13.3 percent in 2013 to 8.8 percent in 2016, a difference of about 13.7 million people.
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