(The Center Square) – South Carolina residents without health insurance represent 10.85% of the state’s population, the 11th-highest percentage among the 50 states, according to a new study by the financial services website WalletHub.

Between the years 2010 and 2019, the uninsured rate in South Carolina declined 6.68%, the analysis said. Among the state’s children, the uninsured rate stood at 5.82%, while among adults the rate was 12.38% as of 2019.

The passage of Obamacare caused the national uninsured rate for adults to decline to a record low, according to WalletHub. As of last year, the national rate stood at 9.2%, up slightly from the 8.9% rate in 2018, the study said.

The uptick in the uninsured rate is especially concerning during the coronavirus pandemic, when the average cost of a COVID-19 hospital stay stands at $73,000, according to WalletHub.

The website compared health insurance coverage rates in all 50 states using U.S. Census Bureau data. The study also looked at different populations within states based on age, race and income.

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Percentage of State Populations Without Health Insurance

Overall Rank
(1 = Lowest)
State2019 Overall Uninsured RateChange in Uninsured Rate Between 2010 & 20192019 Children’s Uninsured Rate
(Rank)
2019 Adults’ Uninsured Rate
(Rank)
1Massachusetts2.99-1.42%1.52%
(1)
3.39%
(1)
2Rhode Island4.09-8.08%1.90%
(2)
4.68%
(3)
3Hawaii4.16-3.73%2.80%
(5)
4.57%
(2)
4Vermont4.49-3.56%2.09%
(3)
5.09%
(4)
5Minnesota4.88-4.18%3.08%
(7)
5.48%
(5)
6Iowa5.01-4.30%2.92%
(6)
5.70%
(6)
7New York5.24-6.66%2.36%
(4)
6.06%
(7)
8Wisconsin5.71-3.71%3.77%
(16)
6.31%
(9)
9Pennsylvania5.77-4.40%4.56%
(22)
6.11%
(8)
10Michigan5.78-6.59%3.42%
(10)
6.49%
(10)
11Connecticut5.90-3.20%3.48%
(12)
6.58%
(11)
12Maryland6.00-5.27%3.39%
(9)
6.81%
(13)
13New Hampshire6.25-4.88%3.68%
(15)
6.92%
(14)
14Kentucky6.44-8.81%4.26%
(19)
7.14%
(17)
15Delaware6.56-3.13%4.82%
(24)
7.07%
(15)
16Ohio6.58-5.74%4.79%
(23)
7.14%
(16)
17Washington6.62-7.63%3.08%
(8)
7.70%
(19)
18West Virginia6.68-7.92%3.52%
(13)
7.55%
(18)
19North Dakota6.90-2.87%7.77%
(42)
6.60%
(12)
20Oregon7.17-9.98%4.10%
(18)
8.03%
(20)
21Illinois7.39-6.38%4.03%
(17)
8.45%
(21)
22California7.70-10.84%3.55%
(14)
9.02%
(27)
23New Jersey7.89-5.35%4.32%
(20)
8.97%
(26)
24Virginia7.93-5.14%4.89%
(25)
8.88%
(24)
25Colorado8.01-7.91%5.45%
(28)
8.79%
(23)
26Maine8.02-2.11%5.60%
(29)
8.62%
(22)
27Montana8.27-9.05%6.22%
(37)
8.88%
(25)
28Nebraska8.29-3.23%5.66%
(30)
9.24%
(28)
29Indiana8.72-6.11%7.14%
(39)
9.25%
(29)
30Louisiana8.90-8.91%4.36%
(21)
10.45%
(33)
31Arkansas9.15-8.31%5.86%
(35)
10.24%
(30)
32Kansas9.20-4.69%5.82%
(33)
10.39%
(32)
33Utah9.65-5.69%8.31%
(45)
10.26%
(31)
34Alabama9.72-4.88%3.48%
(11)
11.69%
(37)
35New Mexico9.96-9.64%5.75%
(31)
11.32%
(36)
36Missouri10.03-3.13%6.55%
(38)
11.13%
(35)
37Tennessee10.14-4.21%5.03%
(27)
11.74%
(38)
38South Dakota10.19-2.20%7.80%
(43)
11.03%
(34)
39Idaho10.83-6.92%4.96%
(26)
12.99%
(44)
40South Carolina10.85-6.68%5.82%
(34)
12.38%
(40)
41North Carolina11.26-5.51%5.77%
(32)
12.98%
(43)
42Arizona11.28-5.60%9.25%
(47)
11.94%
(39)
43Nevada11.42-11.20%8.00%
(44)
12.49%
(41)
44Alaska12.21-7.64%9.40%
(48)
13.25%
(45)
45Wyoming12.31-2.61%10.64%
(49)
12.88%
(42)
46Mississippi12.97-5.22%6.14%
(36)
15.33%
(47)
47Florida13.16-8.10%7.65%
(41)
14.64%
(46)
48Georgia13.41-6.29%7.41%
(40)
15.48%
(48)
49Oklahoma14.28-4.58%8.58%
(46)
16.28%
(49)
50Texas18.36-5.36%12.75%
(50)
20.47%
(50)

Source: WalletHub.com