Number of Americans without health insurance falls

15-09-16 WaPo Uninsured ChartAmy Goldstein, Jeff Guo and Lazaro Gamio with the Washington Post wrote an article with the above title September 16, 2016.

In the above article, the authors report “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 figures, from the large annual Census survey that measures American’s well-being in several ways, found that the share of people across the country who were uninsured throughout the year fell from 13.1 percent in 2013 to 10.4 percent last year, in part reflecting the impact of the Affordable Care Act, which fully took effect in 2014.

At the same time, the nation’s official poverty rate stayed level at 14.8 percent, equivalent to 46.7 million people in poverty.  A supplemental poverty measure, considered more accurate by many experts, showed the rate at 15.3 percent, similar to 2013.

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