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District’s Uninsured Rate Drops by 20%

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
A Census Bureau report shows the District of Columbia continues to have one of the lowest uninsured rates in the nation.

Today, the United States Census Bureau released its report on health insurance coverage which shows that the number of people without insurance in the District of Columbia fell from 42,000 (6.7%) in 2013 to 34,000 in 2014 (5.3%). The District has a record of expanding health coverage to its residents.  The Affordable Care Act is working in the District of Columbia to help individuals and families have affordable quality health coverage – private and public. According to the Census, the District is tied with Hawaii for the third lowest uninsured rate in the nation behind Massachusetts and Vermont.

Since DC Health Link opened for business October 1, 2013, over 45,000 people have had private health insurance coverage through DC Health Link and over 118,000 people were determined eligible for Medicaid. 

“Together with the support of elected officials and our community and government agency partners we will continue to work hard to cover every single child, parent, and individual who lives or works in the District,” said Mila Kofman, J.D., Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. 

View the Census Bureau’s report Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014.