More South Dakotans Gained Health Insurance Coverage in 2016
More South Dakotans gained health insurance coverage in 2016, according to federal data. The state's overall uninsured rate dropped from 12.0% in 2015 to 10.3% in 2016. This places the Rushmore State near the national uninsured rate of 10.0%, down from 10.9% in 2015.
For health insurance coverage, South Dakota ranked 33rd among the 50 states, behind first-place Massachusetts at 2.9% and ahead of last-place Texas at 18.6%. Regionally, South Dakota outranked No. 44 Wyoming with a 13.4% uninsured rate. No. 4 Minnesota led the region with just 4.8% of its population under 65 without insurance. The table below provides additional information on health insurance coverage in the region:
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For those under 18, South Dakota ranked 33rd, up seven places from 44th in 2015. Just 4.5% of individuals under 18 were without health insurance in 2016—the same rate as the national rate. Massachusetts ranked first in this category at 0.9% in 2016. Alaska was last, at 10.0%.
South Dakotans between the ages of 25 and 34 experienced an uninsured rate of 17.9%. Overall, however, the highest uninsured rate of 23.4% was found in the group of South Dakotans living in poverty, compared to 8.3% rate for those not living in poverty.
Of the Rushmore State’s metropolitan areas, the Rapid City metro area’s uninsured rate dropped to an eight-year low of 10.3% from 15.1% in 2015. By comparison, the Sioux Falls metro area dipped to 8.1% from 8.7%, and the Sioux City metro area fell to 6.8% from 8.1%.