Montana’s share of uninsured people declined by 1.6 percent, from 21.6 percent in 2012 to 20 percent in 2013. Even with the decline, Montana was among the top 10 U.S. states with the highest rate of uninsured people.
The U.S. Census Bureau released this week its Small Area Health Insurance Estimates for 2013. The data doesn’t yet reflect an anticipated decline to the uninsured rate because of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange subsidies that became available in 2014.
The Census data show 40 of Montana’s 56 counties still have an uninsured rate that is higher than the state average. In 18 counties, more than a quarter of Montanans under the age of 64 were uninsured.
Garfield County had the largest share of people without health insurance, Lewis and Clark County had the smallest.
Click around the map to see how your county stacks up.
Data: U.S. Census Bureau | Map: Emilie Ritter Saunders
Highest uninsured rates by Montana county:
- Garfield County, 32
- McCone County, 31.4
- Golden Valley County, 30.8
- Sanders County, 30
- Glacier County, 29.8
- Carter County, 29.2
- Blaine County, 29.1
- Lake County, 28.6
- Big Horn County, 28.5
- Wheatland County, 27.9
A recent Gallup poll finds Montana’s uninsured rate has dropped more than most since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented.
More than 48,000 Montanans have signed up for coverage through the federal health insurance exchange.
Montana, like Idaho, hasn’t expanded Medicaid to provide health insurance coverage to more low-income adults.
See how Idaho compares, here.