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Gallup: Number of People Without Health Insurance Reaches New Low

A new Gallup survey shows that 14.7 percent of American adults lacked health insurance during the second half of March, compared with 18 percent in the last quarter of 2013...
April 9, 2014

A new Gallup survey shows that 14.7 percent of American adults lacked health insurance during the second half of March, compared with 18 percent in the last quarter of 2013. Jenna Levy of the Gallup organization said that the uninsured rate has been declining since the fourth quarter of last year. The new national survey provides additional evidence that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is extending coverage to millions previously uninsured. Gallup’s survey highlights a historic expansion in coverage unparalleled since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.

The survey concurs with other recent data from the Rand Corp. showing that approximately 8 million people have obtained health insurance since September, data that accounts for any losses of coverage that resulted from the cancellation of health plans that failed to meet ACA standards. A survey of statistics from various sources was cited by the Los Angeles Times as they reported that since Obamacare started, 9.5 million previously uninsured people got coverage from all sources including the ACA, Medicaid and private health insurance. Included are as many as 3 million additional young people who already gained coverage by staying on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26.

“While these numbers show more people being insured, those who got policies online may not understand what is covered and what is not until they have a claim,” said PIA National President John G. Lee. “ACA Navigators are not allowed to make recommendations to consumers about their choice of health plans – but licensed Professional Insurance Agents can. It’s what we do every day. We can also make consumers aware of additional insurance choices not available through the exchanges. Our advice to consumers is, ‘Don’t go it alone. Consult with your local Professional Insurance Agent.’”

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