MADISON, Wis. – The number of Dane County residents without health insurance has dropped in the last two years, according to a release from Public Health Madison and Dane County.
According to the release, BadgerCare Plus saw a net enrollment gain of almost 10,000 Dane County residents from late 2013 through June 2015. In 2014, 9,737 residents signed up for Marketplace insurance. In 2015, that number rose to 14,504 and an estimated 88 percent put their plans into effect.
The numbers come from the agency’s new report highlighting progress made in insuring more Dane County residents.
In the years leading up to enactment of the Affordable Care Act, nearly one in 10 Dane County residents could not see a doctor in the past year because they could not afford the cost. In 2013, an estimated 39,000 Dane County residents under age 65 did not have health insurance coverage.
According to PHMDC estimates, 14,000 to 16,000 of the Dane County residents who gained coverage since late 2013 were previously uninsured.
The report says 23,000 to 25,000 county residents who are still without coverage.