Gov’t report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured

Gov’t report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new government report on health insurance has implications for the presidential campaign.

Out Tuesday, the National Health Interview Survey says eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents without health insurance.

They are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and New York. Politically, that’s a mix of red, blue and purple states.

All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that’s one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The other coverage route is subsidized private insurance, available in all 50 states.

GOP presidential candidates are vowing to repeal “Obamacare,” with hardly any detail on how they’d replace it without millions losing coverage.

Overall, the nation’s uninsured rate dropped to 9.1 percent in 2015.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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