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NH uninsured total dips in 2016

December 14. 2017 12:55AM

CONCORD — The number of uninsured New Hampshire residents declined in 2016, and premium increases were in the single digits, according to an annual report released Wednesday by state insurance officials.

Some key findings:

• Nearly 6 percent of the population — 5.9 percent — was uninsured last year. That amounts to 78,000, down from 83,000 in 2015.

• The individual and large-group markets saw average premiums increase of 4 to 6 percent between 2015 and 2016. Increases in the small group market were slightly lower.

• The individual market grew from 58,000 members in December 2015 to 104,000 members in 2017, largely due to Medicaid expansion.

• Thirty-seven percent of the insured people were in the individual market last year, but that market struggled with financial losses.

The full report is available on the website of the New Hampshire Insurance Department.

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