Did the pandemic allow for more Americans to gain access to healthcare ? It depends on where you live

A new report from the US Census Bureau released Thursday shows that more Americans got healthcare access during the pandemic, even in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

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Between 2019 and 2021, Congress passed numerous measures that lowered the bar so that more residents could access public health programs or private insurance during the pandemic.

According to Census officials, those efforts increased access to healthcare in 36 states and lowered rates of uninsured Americans in 26 states. While the rate of uninsured residents in Kansas remained steady at 9%, according to the Census, the number declined from 10 to 9% in Missouri.

One interesting trend in Kansas is the rate of residents signing up for private healthcare fell during the two years. From about 74% of the population in 2019 to 72% in 2021.

In contrast, the rate of insured residents in Missouri held steady at 67%. Nationally, Massachusetts has the lowest uninsured rate at 2.5%, while Texas has the highest, at 18%. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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