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Number of Uninsured Adults in the U.S. Reaches 4-Year High

According to a new poll, 13.7 percent of adults in the United States are living without health insurance.

The number of Americans living without health insurance has reached a four-year high, with 13.7 percent of adults living uninsured at the end of last year.

This is the highest rate since 2014, when the uninsured rate stood at 18 percent before the Affordable Care Act’s individual health mandate was implemented, according to a new Gallup poll. The number of uninsured adults had been decreasing after Obamacare went into effect, reaching a low of 10.9 percent in 2016. However, it began to rise after President Donald Trump took office and supported Republican efforts to repeal the health care law. The efforts to repeal were unsuccessful but Trump took a series of actions to weaken the law, including removing the penalty for those who don’t have insurance

The 2.8-percentage point increase from 2016’s low point to 2018’s rate represents an increase of about seven million people without health insurance, Gallup reported

The largest increase from 2016’s low to last year’s 13.7 percent was among 18 to 34 year olds, with an increase of 4.8 percentage points. There was also a rise in uninsured women, with a 3.9-percentage point increase, compared to a 1.6 percentage point increase among men.

According to the poll, low-income households were more likely to experience a decline in insured individuals. Households making $24,000 to $48,000 saw an increase of 3 percentage points, compared to just a 1.2-percentage point increase among households making $120,000 or more annually.

Different regions in the U.S. saw more of an increase in uninsured adults than others. The south saw the largest increase of 3.8 percentage points from 2016 to 2018. At 19.6 percent, it has the highest rate of uninsured adults. The western U.S. saw a 3.6-percentage point increase in the number of uninsured Americans, from 9.6 percent in 2016 to 13.2 percent in 2018.

The eastern U.S. is the only region that saw an increase in the number of insured adults. .

The increase in uninsured adults could be driven by a number of factors. According to Gallup, an increase in insurance premium costs and a shortened open enrollment period have likely contributed to the decline of covered individuals.

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