Census Report: Uninsured Rate Drops ‘Sharply’

Washington Post: “The proportion of Americans who lack health insurance took a big dip last year, with nearly 9 million people gaining coverage since 2013, according to federal figures announced Wednesday morning.”

The new Census figures “are the most solid evidence to date of the impact that the Affordable Care Act has had since its main coverage provisions took effect in 2014. They show that the share of people across the country who were uninsured throughout the year fell from 13.3 percent in 2013 to 10.4 percent last year.”

“Among the different sources of insurance, the biggest increase last year was among what the Census calls ‘direct purchase’ – people buying health policies on their own. That includes, though is not limited to, people buying health plans through the new federal and state insurance marketplaces created under the federal health care law. The share of coverage that was directly purchased increased by 3.2 last year to account for nearly 15 percent of those with health insurance.”

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