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Gallup Poll Results – U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to 11.4% in Second Quarter of 2015

The United States uninsured rate has fallen from 18% to 11.4% (a 36% decline) between the last quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2015 according to the recent Gallup and Healthways Tracking Poll. This is a phenomenal achievement in the face of sustained efforts to derail the ACA and some states’ unwillingness to adopt the Medicaid expansion, whose costs would be paid 100% by the federal government.

The uninsured rates for those earning less than $36,000 annually fell from 30.7% to 20.8% (a 33% decline) while the uninsured rates for those earning over $90,000 annually fell from 5.8% to 3.6% (a 38% decline) while for those in the middle with incomes between $36,000 and $90,000, the uninsured rates fell by 30%. As more states expand their Medicaid programs and more individuals become familiar and comfortable with the Exchanges and the tax credits to improve the affordability of coverage, the uninsured rates should decline further.

The Gallup poll indicates that coverage of Americans has increased across the board with more people reporting they are enrolling in long established programs such as Medicare and Veteran’s benefits as well as the new Exchanges and Medicaid expansions. Employer coverage, which has been in steady decline since the mid 70s, covers about 43.4% of all Americans – a decline of less than 2% since 2013.

 

 

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