US uninsured rate climbs to 11.7%

The country's uninsured rate has risen to 11.7 percent after reaching a record low of 10.9 percent in late 2016, according to a new Gallup poll.

Uncertainty surrounding the future of the ACA has led to rising premiums and dropped coverage for many Americans who do not qualify for federal subsidies, and 45 counties nationwide now have zero insurers left on their state exchanges. Nevertheless, the uninsured rate is still lower than its high of 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013, right before ACA exchanges opened.

The uninsured rate for every age group increased since Gallup's latest poll, except for the 65 and older range that saw their uninsured rate hold steady at 2.3 percent.

This poll was conducted from April 1 to June 30 and surveyed 45,087 Americans ages 18 and older.

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