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Survey Finds Modest Drop In January Uninsured Rate

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January as the health law's coverage expansion took effect, with the biggest change seen among unemployed people and nonwhites.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Poll Finds Drop In Uninsured Rate
The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The biggest change was for unemployed people, a drop of 6.7 percentage points. That was followed by a 2.6 percentage-point decline for nonwhites. Traditionally both groups are far more likely to be uninsured than the population as a whole (1/23).

Politico: Survey: Uninsured Rate Falls
The rate of uninsured Americans has dropped in the early stages of 2014, dipping in the less than one month since coverage from the Obamacare exchanges took effect. So far in January, 16.1 percent of Americans are uninsured, down from 17.3 percent in December before the exchange coverage began for those who signed up for Jan. 1 health insurance, according to a Gallup poll out Thursday. That’s down from a high of 18.6 percent earlier in 2013 and the lowest registered rate since December 2012 (Kopan, 1/23).

The Hill: Survey: Rate Of Uninsured Drops To Lowest Point In A Year
The amount of people who lack health insurance has dropped to its lowest level in more than a year, according to a poll.  According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Thursday, the U.S. uninsured rate has dropped to 16.1 percent — down from 17.3 percent in December. Gallup noted that number is slightly lower than any time since December, 2012 (Trujillo, 1/23).

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