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February 12, 2016

Surveys Cite Drops in Uninsurance Rates

Recent new enrollment in health care overhaul law’s insurance exchanges, particularly an expanded Medicaid program, has lowered the number of uninsured persons, reports a new Commonwealth Fund survey.

The group’s estimates note that the rate of low-income people without insurance has dropped from 28 percent to 17 percent in the 25 states that have expanded their Medicaid programs. In the 25 states that didn’t expand their programs, the rate stayed fairly constant with 36 percent remaining uninsured.

The group’s president, David Blumenthal, who also led the Obama administration’s early efforts to promote the adoption of health information technology,  said that  “it is clear the Affordable Care Act is already helping improve the lives of millions of Americans.”

A separate survey released on Thursday from the Urban Institute estimates the current uninsurance rate for nonelderly adults at 13.9 percent, which has dropped four percentage points since September 2013, prior to the start of the initial enrollment period for health insurance exchange plans.

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