CHA News Article

Report Finds Fewer Uninsured in Most Congressional Districts Due to ACA

A new report by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center analyzes the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact on the uninsured in all 435 congressional districts nationwide. The analysis, funded by the California Health Care Foundation, includes detailed infographics and data tables illustrating changes in the number and percentage of uninsured between 2013 and 2015 across all congressional districts and for a range of demographic groups within each district, including race/ethnicity, income, citizenship, educational attainment and employment status.

According to the analysis, all but five of the nation’s congressional districts experienced a statistically significant decline in the uninsured rate between 2013 and 2015. However, the magnitude of these declines varied considerably — from 14.5 percentage points in the 34th District of California to slightly less than one percentage point in the 3rd District of Massachusetts. There was also variation in the ACA impact on the uninsured for subgroups within individual congressional districts. For example, in many districts, people with lower incomes and less education saw the biggest drop in their uninsured rate under the ACA. The infographics provide intuitive “at a glance” visualizations of these important differences.