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Uninsured Rate Dropped in January, Gallup Says

A Jan.23 Gallup survey found that the percentage of uninsured adults nationally dropped 1.2 percentage points in January, from 17.3 percent in December to 16.1 percent in January. Gallup said the percentage of uninsured adults for January is “slightly lower than what Gallup has measured in any month since December 2012.” Gallup stated these data represent a preliminary snapshot of the uninsured rate after the start of several Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance reform provisions, such as allowing children to stay on their parent’s health plans until age 26 and eliminating lifetime coverage limits. However, Gallup stated it is unclear if this reduction in the uninsured rate reflects other ACA provisions, such as the health insurance mandate, that began Jan. 1.

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