New U.S. Census Data Show Number of Uninsured Americans Dropped by 8.8 Million

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<p>The number of uninsured Americans declined by 8.8 million in 2014, the first year the major insurance reforms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, according to a federal survey of 98,000 people released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. In a new blog post, The Commonwealth Fund’s Sara R. Collins, Munira Gunja, and Sophie Beutel report that the Current Population Survey found that 10.4 percent of the U.S population, or 33 million people, were uninsured in 2014, down from 13.3 percent in 2013. </p><p>The survey also found that the groups most at risk of lacking insurance, including lower-income adults, have made strong gains. And the authors point out that the majority of states with above-average uninsured rates have not yet expanded eligibility for Medicaid.</p> Read the post