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Number of Uninsured Decreasing Due to ACA and Medicaid

New data from the US Census Bureau found that 1.4 million more Americans have health insurance in 2011 compared to 2010, with the proportion of uninsured decreasing from 16.3% to 15.7%.  This rise reverses a 3-year trend of rising uninsured rates, which had risen from 14.8% in 2008 to 16.3% in 2010 during the recession.

Census officials attribute this decrease to both the ACA and Medicaid.  The ACA’s provision to allow young adults (18-26 years of age) to remain on their parents’ insurance plans was responsible for 3 million young adults gaining coverage.

An increase in Medicaid beneficiaries was partly responsible for the decrease of uninsured rates as well.  More lower-income Americans gained coverage, with those earning less than $25,000 annually seeing the largest decline in uninsured rates.

More information from the Census Bureau is available online.

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