A look at where the 50 states and the District of Columbia stand on implementing President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul, which the Supreme Court ruled Thursday can go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.
NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 720,000 state residents are uninsured, or about 15.4 percent.
WHERE THE STATE STANDS: Republican Gov. Robert Bentley, a physician, created a commission in 2011 to recommend a plan for an online health insurance exchange, but he successfully opposed efforts by some legislators to enact one in May. Bentley had called it premature to act before the Supreme Court ruled. Critics said the bill would have limited the exchange to companies operating statewide, which is one at this point.
NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 125,000 state residents are uninsured, or about 18 percent.
WHERE THE STATE STANDS: Alaska, which is among the states that sued over the constitutionality of the federal health care law, has yet to implement an online health insurance exchange. The health department has hired a consultant to help design one, and that report is expected soon.