The number of people without health insurance in Missouri grew by about 18,000, or 0.3%, between 2017 and 2018, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The state’s uninsured rate of 9% is half a point higher than the national average.
This increase follows a national rise in the number of people without health insurance. According to the report, which is released annually, 2018 marked the first year since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 that the number of uninsured people grew, increasing by around half a percentage point to 8.5%.
The increase in uninsured people was due largely to a decrease in Medicaid coverage, according to the report.
Missouri has the 17th-highest rate of people without health insurance nationwide. Texas has the highest proportion of uninsured people, at almost 18%. Massachusetts has the smallest percentage, at less than 3%.
More than half of the insured people in the U.S. have private employer insurance, followed by Medicaid and Medicare, which are both publicly funded. Medicaid is public insurance for all ages, while Medicare is specifically for people who are disabled or at least 65 years old.
Nationwide, people over 65 are the most likely to have health insurance, followed by children under 19. Hispanic people of any race are more than twice as likely as white people to be uninsured, while noncitizens are almost four times more likely to lack insurance than citizens. Almost 20% of noncitizens in the U.S. are uninsured.