Survey: Rate of Uninsured Falls to 15%

A Commonwealth Fund survey has found the uninsured rate for adults fell from 20 percent in September 2013 to 15 percent in June, with an estimated 9.5 million fewer uninsured adults.

The survey found young adults, ages 19 to 34, were a main contributor to the overall decline of the uninsured rate. The uninsured rate for that group fell from 28 percent to 18 percent, with an estimated 5.7 million fewer uninsured.

Medicaid expansion was another important contributor to the decline in the uninsured rate. The survey revealed the uninsured rate for people in poverty fell from 28 percent to 17 percent in states that have expanded Medicaid, while the uninsured rate for the same group remained stagnant at 36 percent in states that have not expanded Medicaid.

The survey found the newly insured are using their new insurance policies, with 60 percent of adults with new coverage through the health insurance marketplaces or Medicaid reporting they visited a physician or hospital or filled a prescription since obtaining coverage.

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