The American uninsured rate increased to 11.3% in the first quarter of 2017 from a record low of 10.9% in the last half of 2016, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Uninsured rates have been in the minds of many since significant healthcare reform became a distinct possibility late last year. While these numbers could be an aberration, they could also be a sign of things to come. Uninsured rates will likely continue to rise unless President Donald Trump’s administration takes action to shore up insurance exchanges.
CMS did issue a rule intended to stabilize insurance exchanges by making them more palatable to payers. However, this rule would likely discourage enrollment because it makes it more difficult for people to gain coverage during special enrollment periods. The rule would also allow payers to charge older patients more which, which could also discourage enrollment.