Where are the greatest gains in getting Marylanders covered?

A recent report from Enroll America and Civis Analytics provides a revealing look at Maryland’s uninsured population in 2016 and reveals the greatest gains in health coverage since Maryland Health Connection, the state’s health insurance marketplace, opened in 2013.

Key findings:

  • The uninsured rate among 18- to 64-year-olds dropped to 4.0% in 2016, falling 7.3 percentage points from 11.3% in 2013. This is half the national average of 8% uninsured, so Maryland is among the most covered states in the country.
  • The county with the biggest decrease in uninsured since 2013 is Somerset, dropping by 11 percentage points. The county had tied with Baltimore city in 2013 for the highest uninsured rate at 18%, and is now 7% in 2016.

Heat map of state uninsured

Other notable decreases include:
Allegany, 10%
Wicomico, 10%
Baltimore city, 10%
Baltimore, 9%
Caroline, 9%
Dorchester, 9%
Garrett, 9%
Prince George’s, 9%
Washington, 9%
Worcester, 9%

Enroll America and Civis Analytics provide a look here (PDF) at decreases in uninsured rates within major demographic groups by county, including race, gender and age.

  • The biggest gains are among Maryland’s Hispanic and black residents, with decreases of 11 and 10 percentage points, respectively.
  • Young people are enrolling like never before. The biggest drop in the uninsured rate among any age group measured was 18- to 34-year-olds, falling from about 15% in 2013 to 4% in 2016.

MHBE bar chart of state uninsured