The American Health Care Act and what Pa. congressional districts stand to lose

We broke down health data for every congressman’s constituents. Here’s what we found.

President Donald Trump with Congressional leadership and his family.

President Donald Trump with Congressional leadership and his family.

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There’s a lot we still don’t know about how the American Health Care Act would impact insurance coverage here in Pennsylvania. The details of the Donald Trump-endorsed plan are fuzzy, and though it narrowly passed last week, there’s been no review by the Congressional Budget Office to estimate how many people would be impacted.

Here’s what we do know: The AHCA rolls back some protections for patients with preexisting conditions, meaning some 5.3 million people across Pennsylvania could face higher insurance premiums. It could also force states to make tough choices when it comes to funding Medicaid expansion, which provided some 700,000 additional Pennsylvanians with health insurance.

We also know how every Pennsylvania congressman voted on this legislation and the political implications that could have led to their vote. So we wanted to know: Which Pennsylvania congressional districts stand to lose the most if Obamacare is repealed? And how did those districts’ representatives vote?

Using census data, federal health insurance statistics and various studies, we were able to create a health insurance profile for each Pennsylvania congressional district that includes population data, median household income, cancer death rates, the number of disabled people in the district and more. That look also includes the number of people in each district who are insured, uninsured, or gained coverage through the marketplace or became newly eligible for Medicaid under expansion.

The table below breaks down the number of people in each congressional district who enrolled in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and is sortable by number of people per district who enrolled in a marketplace plan and number of people who became newly covered under expanded Medicaid. (Find your congressional district here.)

While there weren’t concrete numbers on the number of people with preexisting conditions in each congressional district, this table shows health indicators for each congressional district, including the number of people who are disabled and the average annual cancer death rate per 100,000 people.

For those of us who are more map-oriented (ahem), this includes the same information broken down by congressional district. Click anywhere inside a district to see its stats.