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Uninsured Rate Drops To Lowest Since 2008

The percentage of American adults without health insurance dropped to 13.4 percent in April -- the lowest level since polling organization Gallup began tracking the rate in 2008. Gallup attributed the decline to "the surge in late health insurance signups to meet the official March 31 deadline" under the health law.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Poll Shows Portion Of Uninsured Drops To 13.4% In April
The percentage of American adults without health insurance dropped to 13.4% in April, polling organization Gallup reported Monday, signaling that the federal health law improved coverage rates during the initial enrollment period. Gallup said 15% of Americans were uninsured in March, and attributed the decline to “the surge in late health insurance sign-ups to meet the official March 31 deadline” (Radnofsky, 5/5).

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: The Uninsured Rate Keeps Falling And Falling, Survey Says
The nation’s uninsured rate after Obamacare's first enrollment has dropped to the lowest point in at least six years, according to a new Gallup poll. The 13.4 percent uninsured rate among adults – the lowest since Gallup starting tracking the number in January 2008 – is down from 17.1 percent near the end of 2013 and 15.6 percent at the end of this year’s first quarter. The uninsured rate fell 2.2 percent between April and the first quarter of 2014, suggesting that Obamacare's late enrollment surge was driven by people who previously lacked coverage (Millman, 5/5).

NBC News: US Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Point Since 2008
The rate of people going without health insurance has fallen to 13.4 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll. It’s the lowest rate since 2008. The report credits the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The Obama administration says more than 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance for 2014 on the new online exchanges, which offer a batch of new private insurance plans, heavily subsidized for most people. “The uninsured rate peaked at 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013, but has consistently declined since then,” Gallup said in a statement (Fox, 5/5).

CBS News: Uninsured Rate At Its Lowest Point In Years, Poll Shows
Since the new Obamacare marketplaces opened for business in January, the percentage of adults without health insurance has fallen 3.7 percent, according to a new Gallup survey. If accurate, that amounts to more than 8.9 million adults gaining health coverage this year. The latest data comes from interviews with more than 14,700 Americans conducted between April 1-30, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The survey has a one-point margin of error (Condon, 5/5).

Reuters:  Poll: Fewer In U.S. Lack Health Insurance But Issues Remain
The percentage of adults in the United States who lack health insurance has fallen to its lowest rate since 2008, down to about 13 percent in April from a peak of 18 percent last year, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. The decline coincided with the October 2013 launch of the health insurance exchanges that allowed people to buy coverage on their own under the Affordable Care Act and accelerated as the deadline to buy coverage neared, the nonpartisan research organization said (Heavey, 5/5).

The Hill: Uninsured Rate Drops To Lowest Since 2008
The uninsured rate in the United States has dropped to the lowest level recorded by Gallup since January 2008, coinciding with the launch of ObamaCare. A Gallup poll released Monday found the number of U.S. adults without health insurance dropped to 13.4 percent in April, down from 15 percent in March. After the uninsured rate peaked at 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013, the rate has dropped more than 4 percentage points (Shabad, 5/5).

The Fiscal Times: Uninsured Rate Lowest Ever Recorded By Gallup
The president’s health care law continues to slice the uninsured rate—which is now at its lowest level ever recorded by Gallup, the polling firm said Monday. The percentage of adults without health insurance dropped to 13.4 percent from 14.7 percent in mid-March, and 16 percent in January, thanks to the combination of Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges, Medicaid expansion, and the falling unemployment rate. The uninsured rate peaked at 18 percent last year then steadily climbed down each month after more people began to enroll in insurance policies sold on the exchanges (Ehley, 5/5).

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