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The Affordable Care Act allows for taxpayer funded subsidies to purchase health care plans on the exchanges. Households that make less than 400% of the federal poverty level qualify, about $46,000 for an individual or $96,000 for a family of four.

Using 2010 census data,

  • Which 10 states have the highest percentage of people who qualify for subsidies?

  • What is the average subsidy in those states?

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    I'm willing to bet this will correlate with regular poverty statistics, meaning the usual suspects - WV, Lousiana, Mississipi, etc.... Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 18:39
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    I don't think this data is currently available. Meaning the administration has yet to release real numbers yet. Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 21:39
  • Partial data. home.treasury.gov/system/files/131/WP-122.pdf
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 8:12

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Q: Which states have the highest percentage of people who qualify for subsidies on the healthcare exchanges?

Percent of the Potential Subsidy-Eligible Population Enrolled.

The data in the table is for 2020.

State Percent
Rhode Island 70.79%
Utah 67.76%
Vermont 65.20%
Nebraska 64.49%
Florida 63.08%
Maine 63.00%
California 58.15%
Wisconsin 52.18%
Connecticut 51.11%
New Hampshire 50.92%
Maryland 49.73%
Idaho 49.56%

Q: Which 10 states have the highest percentage of people who qualify for subsidies?

"Estimated Number of Potential Marketplace Enrollees Eligible for Financial Assistance" as a percent of "Population as of the 2020 Census"

State Percent
Florida 11.12%
Wyoming 10.10%
Texas 10.08%
South Dakota 9.19%
North Carolina 8.69%
Mississippi 8.66%
Georgia 8.57%
South Carolina 8.26%
Idaho 8.07%
Utah 7.90%

"Total Marketplace Enrollees Receiving Financial Assistance" as a percent of "Population as of the 2020 Census"

State Percent
Florida 7.92%
Utah 5.32%
Nebraska 4.15%
North Carolina 4.12%
Wyoming 3.78%
Maine 3.62%
Georgia 3.56%
South Carolina 3.48%
Oklahoma 3.41%
Idaho 3.36%

*Q: What is the average subsidy in those states?

Not checked.

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  • I made this a CW should someone wish to answer the other questions.
    – Rick Smith
    Commented Jan 25, 2023 at 4:12
  • I don't think this answer is really responsive. These statistics are the percentage of people who are eligible to enroll who are enrolled which measures state effectiveness in urging eligible people to sign up. The question appears to be asking instead, what percentage of the population of the state is receiving subsidies - a different denominator than the one used in this chart. It is akin to questions about which states are and are not donor states.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Jan 25, 2023 at 8:34

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