The Uninsured rate is at an all time low, this has been true for a while, but new data confirms the uninsured rate fell to 9.1 percent during the 4th quarter of 2015. According to data released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the ACA has continued to bring down the uninsured rate. Here are some highlights from the study.
- The number of uninsured persons has declined in the past year. In 2015, 28.6 million persons of all ages (9.1%) were uninsured at the time of interview—7.4 million fewer persons than in 2014.
- Among adults aged 18–64, the percentage who were uninsured decreased from 16.3% in 2014 to 12.8% in 2015. A corresponding increase was seen in the percentage having private coverage, from 67.3% to 69.7%, respectively.
- Among children aged 0–17 years, the percentage who were uninsured decreased from 5.5% in 2014 to 4.5% in 2015.
- Among those under age 65, the percentage with private coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace or state-based exchanges increased from 2.5% (6.7 million) in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 3.4% (9.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015.
So, to be clear, this is saying that, “all things considered, and not counting the over 65 crowd (which would lower the percentage), the uninsured rate is down when both public and private insurance is factored in.