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Number of uninsured in U.S. lowest since 2008

Staff Writer |
The U.S. uninsured rate for health insurance remained at 10.9% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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This matches the rate in the third quarter, which in turn marked the record low since Gallup and Healthways began tracking insurance coverage in 2008.

The uninsured rate has fallen 6.2 percentage points from 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013.

This was just before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which compels Americans to carry health insurance or incur a fine.

The highest uninsured rate that Gallup has measured since 2008 was 18% in the third quarter of 2013, before the health insurance exchanges opened on Oct. 1 of that year.

The 2016 fourth-quarter results are based on approximately 43,000 interviews with U.S. adults aged 18 and older from November 1 to December 30, conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Gallup and Healthways ask 500 randomly selected U.S. adults daily whether they have health insurance, allowing for trended measurement of the share of Americans who have health insurance over time.

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