Health care law reduces uninsured in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 November 2014 at 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured residents in Orleans County from 15 to 9 percent of the population, according to a report in The New York Times. (Click here to see “Obama’s Health Law: Who Was Helped Most.”)

The reduction of 6 percent in the population without health insurance was one of the biggest gains in Western New York. However, the 9 percent of residents without health insurance tops most nearby counties.

Genesee County went down from 13 to 8 percent, while Wyoming County dropped from 10 to 7 percent. Other nearby counties include Monroe (from 12 to 8 percent), Livingston (from 11 to 8 percent), Niagara (from 12 to 8 percent) and Erie (from 12 to 9 percent), according to the NYT report.

The newspaper states that 10 million people gained health insurance this year through the Affordable Care Act with the biggest gains in rural areas.