Rate of Uninsured Hits New Low as More Americans Get Health Coverage

Rate of Uninsured Hits New Low as More Americans Get Health Coverage

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A new study shows more Americans have health insurance than ever before.

According to the latest quarterly Gallup poll, the rate of uninsured adults is down to 11.4 percent.

That number represents an almost 5-percent drop since the Affordable Care Act mandate took effect at the start of 2014, when an estimated 16% of Americans over 18 years old were not covered.

In a study released last month by the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than a half million adults reported “significant” improvements in affordable health insurance, access to doctors and medications since the last two annual open enrollment sessions.Garbage Insurance Clinic-cardboard-youtube

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The Gallup study showed the biggest decline in uninsured rates was among those earning less than $36,000 per year. In 2013, nearly 31% of this group were living without health coverage. That number has dropped to around 21%.

The number of Hispanics without health care coverage dropped to 29%, a vast improvement from the nearly 39% who said they were uninsured in 2013. Black Americans saying they were uninsured declined from around 21% in 2013 to 12% in the latest quarter.

Because so many college-age adults are covered by family insurance plans, 16% of those ages 18-24 are not covered, down from 23.5% two years ago. 

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