TN uninsured rate down to 6.6% (426,301 people)

About 6.6 percent of Tennesseans are now uninsured, the lowest rate since 2004 just before a major cut in TennCare enrollment, according to a report from the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.

Further from the Commercial Appeal:

The annual UT survey indicates that 426,301 Tennesseans are without health coverage this year, down from 472,008 last year and 611,368 in 2013. The decrease coincided with the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace established as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, the study says.

The number of uninsured children has dropped by more than half since 2013, and 98.5 percent of Tennessee children are currently insured through either public or private coverage. Over the same period, the number of uninsured adults has decreased by approximately 152,000, and the 8.2 percent rate of uninsured adults is the lowest recorded in the survey since 2004.

Affordability is the predominant reason why people fail to obtain insurance, with 9 out of 10 families citing it as a reason for their lack of coverage.

Nashville attorney Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, said the new report “is certainly good news for all of us that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the number of Tennesseans without insurance has declined. Unfortunately, the ACA does not reach 280,000 Tennesseans who would benefit from Governor Haslam’s Insure Tennessee program.”

Note: The full 2015 report is HERE.