West Virginia Sees Big Drop In Uninsured Residents

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – According to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of West Virginia experienced one of the biggest drops of uninsured residents in the country between 2013 and 2014.

The report released Wednesday says that the number of uninsured in West Virginia dropped from 14 percent in 2013 to 8.6 percent in 2014, with approximately 99,000 of 255,000 uninsured state residents gaining either private or government coverage during that time period.

Renate Pore, the director of health policy for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail ( that nearly 200,000 West Virginians have become insured since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014.

Nationally, the uninsured rate decreased by 2.9 percentage points between 2013 and 2014 to 10.4 percent.