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Poll Looks At Uninsured Rates In Some States

A new Gallup poll shows that Kansas was one of just three states that saw an increase in its uninsured rate while Connecticut's rate was cut in half.

Kansas Health Institute News Service: What's Behind Jump In Rate Of Uninsured Kansans?
Kansas was one of just three states that saw their rates of people without health insurance go up since last year, according to a new survey. And, if the poll results are accurate, Kansas was the one whose rates went up the most.The data, collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, show that the uninsured population in Kansas rose from 12.5 percent in 2013 to 17.6 percent by midyear 2014 -- a whopping increase of 5.1 percentage points (Margolies, 8/6). 

The CT Mirror: Malloy Celebrates Drop In Uninsured, Credits Obamacare
The percentage of Connecticut residents without health coverage has dropped by half since 2012, prior to the expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey by the state's health exchange and a Gallup poll that found the state to have one of the nation's 10 largest reductions. The election-year news was celebrated Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Democrats who were early and strong supporters of the Obama administration initiative that is described, praised and panned with the same shorthand, "Obamacare" (Pazniokas, 8/6).

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