The percentage of Vermonters without health insurance has dropped to 3.7 percent, second lowest in the nation, according to new data from a survey of 4,000 households.
Since the last state-sponsored survey, in 2012, the number of uninsured Vermonters declined from 42,760 to 23,231, according to weighted results.
"I'm delighted with these numbers," Gov.
The vehicle for signing up for insurance - the state's much-maligned website - struggled, but Shumlin said the underlying policies it implemented helped more Vermonters gain coverage for their health expenses. The Affordable Care Act expanded who was eligible for
"With all the pains and struggle, it is clear that
Shumlin noted that the growth in the number of Vermonters on
The extensive survey asked respondents not only if they have insurance, but what kind and how satisfied they are with their coverage.
For the first time, the survey also asked respondents about their familiarity with health insurance terms. All the buzz about health care in recent years, especially concerning Obamacare, may have contributed to the high level of healthinsurance literacy that the new survey found.
"Nearly all residents are confident they understand premiums, deductible and copays while 55 percent are confident they understand the term 'health exchange,"' the report states.
The 119-page report contains dozens of tidbits ripe for further analysis. Some highlights:
* The percentage of Vermonters with private (nongovernmental) insurance continues to decline. The new figure is 54.4 percent, down from 56.8 percent two years ago and 60.1 percent in 2000.
* The percentage of Vermonters on
* The percentage of uninsured dropped from a high of 9.8 percent in 2005 to 3.7 percent in the new survey.
* The 25-to-34 age bracket has the highest percentage of uninsured -11 percent
* The number of uninsured is highest for Vermonters age 25-34 and 45-64 and lowest among children and seniors. The 35-44 bracket has about half the number of uninsured as the age groups on either side.
* Northeastern counties plus
* Of uninsured adults, 79.4 percent are employed and 76.1 of them have full-time jobs.
* Fewer uninsured adults said they had trouble paying their medical bills than in previous surveys - 35.6 percent compared to 40.3 percent two years ago and 46.1 percent in 2008.
* Many of the uninsured - 77 percent - don't have access to insurance through work.