Missouri sees significant drop in uninsured

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About 29,000 Missourians acquired health insurance last year, one of the largest increases in the nation. Missouri was one of only 13 states to see a significant decrease in the number of uninsured in 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday.

Diane Rowland, Kaiser Family Foundation executive vice president, attributed the drop to the rebounding economy and the resulting increase in the number of people finding jobs with health benefits.

Professors from Washington University and the St. Louis University School of Law said the decrease could also be attributed to the Affordable Care Act, either through growing awareness or from an increasing number of young adults who are now able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26.

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