The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has contracted with State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), a health policy research institute at the University of Minnesota, to study how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is impacting Kentuckians. SHADAC released its second quarterly health data snapshot which covers the April-June, 2015 timeframe. Highlights of this latest health data snapshot include:
- From December 2013 to June 2015, Kentucky's uninsurance rate dropped from 20.4% to 9.0% - a steeper decline than that of neighboring states and the nation as a whole.
- Medicaid funded thousands of preventive services during the quarter, including more than 10,000 breast cancer screenings. Over 9,000 of these breast cancer screenings were among Medicaid expansion enrollees, and nearly 1,200 were among traditional Medicaid enrollees.
- Children obtained the majority of Medicaid's dental visits, representing 66% of the more than 250,000 dental visits provided during the quarter (among Kentuckians ages 0-64).
- The proportion of marketplace (kynect) enrollees receiving premium assistance in the form of advance premium tax credits was lower than the national proportion (approx. 70% in Kentucky compared to around 84% for the nation).
- Kentucky's 11.4 percentage point drop in the rate of uninsured residents continued to outpace neighboring states (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) which averaged a 5.2 percentage point drop. The national decline in uninsured in the same timeframe was 5.7 percentage points.