Gallup: Uninsured rate at lowest point since 2008

The uninsured rate for the first quarter of 2016 was at 11 percent — the lowest it has been since its 14.6 percent rate in 2008, according to Gallup.

The finding is based on nearly 45,000 interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. From Jan. 2 to March 31, 2016, Gallup interviewed 500 adults over age 18 each day. The data includes interviews held before and after the Jan. 31 open enrollment deadline.

Here are three things to know about Gallup's findings.

1. The uninsured rate has decreased 6.1 percentage points since the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act was enacted in the fourth quarter of 2013.

2. The uninsured rate has decreased 0.9 percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2015.

3. African Americans have and Hispanics have seen the biggest declines in their uninsured rates since the fourth quarter of 2013. African Americans' uninsured rates dropped 9.5 percentage points to 11.4 percent, and Hispanics' uninsured rates decreased 10.4 percentage points to 28.3 percent.

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