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September 2, 2014

Main Takeaways From Gallup’s Poll on the Uninsured

Jason Millman gives the main takeaways from Gallup’s recent poll on the decline in the uninsured rate.

Young people are getting covered.  The uninsured rate for the 18-34 year-old demographic is slowly dropping. It’s now 23% for 18-25 year-olds, down from 23.5%, and the rate for 26 to 34 year-olds dropped from 28.2% to 26.6%. Young adults make up 25% of sign-ups, still far off from the administration’s goal of 40%.

Medicaid enrollment ticks up. The  poll “shows that the rate of people who say they’re primarily covered by Medicaid increased from 6.6% to 7.4% since the end of 2013. Gallup says the law’s Medicaid expansion, adopted by about half the states, is likely driving the increase.”

Rate of employer coverage drops. The employer coverage rate “dropped from 45.5% to 43.4% from the end of 2013. Meanwhile, the rate of people who say they’re covered by a plan paid for by themselves or a family member increased from 17.2% to 18.1% over the same time.”

People with lower incomes signing up at faster rate. “It’s not surprising that lower-income people have had the largest drop … The group includes people who are signing up for Medicaid at no or very little cost, as well as those receiving the most generous subsidies for private plans on Obamacare exchanges.”

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