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Fewer Uninsured: How it Happened

An increase in people insured by public programs spurred a drop in the uninsured rate from 18.5 percent to 18 percent in 2011 according to a new report.

Much of that decrease was driven uninsured adults who became eligible for Medicaid and children who were enrolled in their state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

In addition, the Affordable Care Act provision that enabled young adults between the ages of 19 and 25 to receive coverage under their parents’ health insurance plan led to an increase in the insured rate in that age group.

Learn more about these and the other forces that led to the drop in the uninsured rate in 2011 in the new Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured reportFirst Aid Reversing the Trend?  Understanding the Recent Increase in Health Insurance Coverage Among the Nonelderly Population.

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