A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that, while the percentage of South Carolina residents who do not have health insurance is dropping, it remains above the national average.
The report released last week noted about 10.9 percent of South Carolinians did not have health insurance, which was a more than 30 percent drop from three years ago. However the rate was still tied with New Mexico for 13th-highest nationwide.
The reports speculates the likely reason for the drop are the insurance exchanges offered under the Affordable Care Act, which allowed some previously uninsured to get subsidies and tax credits for buying insurance. Others who used the exchange realized they were eligible for Medicaid. The Charleston Post and Courier was the first South Carolina media outlet to report on the Census data.
The percentage of people nationwide without health insurance coverage for the entire 2015 calendar year was 9.1 percent, down from 10.4 percent in 2014. The number of people without health insurance declined to 29.0 million from 33.0 million over the period.
Texas had the nation’s highest rate of residents without health insurance, at 17 percent. Massachusetts was the lowest with a 2.8 percent rate.