In this May 9, 2017, file photo, nursing student Courtney Wilson checks a patient's blood pressure under the watchful eye of nurse practitioner Gretchen Speed at the Greater Portland Health clinic. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

The number of low-income, uninsured Maine adults dropped roughly 5 percent in the year after the state expanded Medicaid.

Ann Woloson of Consumers for Affordable Health Care said a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is good news for people who gained coverage, as well as for Maine’s health care infrastructure.

“We always tend to talk about the consumers or the people who are gaining coverage, but it’s a much bigger picture when you think about the health care providers who are benefiting as well, especially in rural areas of the state,” she said.

The report also found that the overall uninsured rate in the U.S. dropped to an all time low of 8 percent in the first quarter of this year, due in part to coverage available under the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace.

Woloson hopes the data will bolster congressional efforts to extend a temporary increase in subsidies for marketplace plans that were issued under the American Rescue Plan.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.