Is the South Carolina Uninsurance Rate Still Falling?
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS 1-Year Estimates) show the uninsurance rate among non-elderly South Carolinians (0 to 64 years) fell from 19.6% in 2012 to 11.9% in 2016. More recent evidence, however, suggests uninsurance rates are on the rise. Nationwide, the percentage of adults without health insurance increased from 10.9% in 2016 to 12.2% in 2017. Uninsurance rates are expected to climb even higher with the elimination of Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate penalties, starting in 2019. A new study (Buettgens, 2018) estimates that, in the absence of Medicaid expansion, 16.4% of nonelderly persons in South Carolina will lack health insurance by the end of 2019.
Click below for an infographic (pdf) that depicts this and more information about South Carolina’s Total Uninsured.