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Survey: Wisconsin has fewer uninsured residents after Obamacare

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - You still hear lots of grumbling in Wisconsin about Obamacare -- but a survey shows that the reform law is indeed meeting its goal of reducing the numbers of uninsured.

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 9.6 percent of Wisconsinites surveyed did not have health coverage at the start of July. That's down from 11.7 percent at the end of 2013, as the Affordable Care Act began in earnest.

Wisconsin's 2.1 percent drop is higher than 17 other states.

The question was part of an ongoing survey of 88,000 Americans, which asks the same people about various health trends year-round.

In general, Gallup said states which embraced Obamacare had higher percentage declines in their uninsured -- while smaller drops were seen in states like Wisconsin which rejected both higher Medicaid funds and the creation of its own purchasing exchange.

However, the Badger State still fared better than 3 of its neighbors which accepted the Obamacare state options.

Gallup said Minnesota had a 0.7 percent drop in its uninsured since Obamacare began. Michigan had a 0.6 percent drop. And Iowa saw its uninsured increase by 0.6 percent.

Arkansas had the biggest drop in its uninsured, 10.1 percent, after saying yes to both Obamacare state options.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)