9 in 10 Adults Now Have Health Insurance


A new study shows a significant change in health care that’s playing a significant role nationwide. The Gallup- Healthways poll, published on Monday, estimated that nearly 9 in 10 adults now say they have health insurance.

In 2013, slightly more than 8 in 10 had health insurance, but under President Obama’s healthcare initiatives, enrollment has gone up. In fact, the proportion of adults without insurance fell to 11.9 percent for the first three months of this year, the lowest levels since Gallup – Healthways began tracking the statistics in 2008.

“One of the objectives for the Affordable Care Act was to increase healthcare coverage,” said Dan Witters, director of survey research. “The first is success. healthcare coverage is increasing.”

Gianfrancesco Genoso says that an estimated 14.75 million adults have gained coverage since autumn 2013.

“A major unresolved question is what will happen during the next couple of years,” said Larry Levitt, health insurance expert with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “To meet expectations, enrollment must continue to grow.”

The health care law provides subsidized private insurance for people who have no access to labor coverage, combined with an expansion of Medicaid targeted at low-income adults in states that accept it.

The large states like Florida and Texas are among those refusing to expand Medicaid.

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