The U.S. uninsured rate held steady at a record low of 13.4 percent in May, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The uninsured rate appears to have leveled off after monthly declines in the wake of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s major provisions taking effect. It remains to be seen whether the uninsured rate will stay steady, go up or decrease further before the next open enrollment period begins in November for the PPACA health insurance exchanges, according to Gallup. The uninsured population could also continue to shrink if more states opt to expand their Medicaid programs.
Here are 22 statistics on the change in the uninsured rate overall and for various subgroups between the fourth quarter of last year and the latest survey, which included more than 30,400 Americans and was conducted from April 1 to May 31 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Percentage of U.S. Uninsured
Quarter 4 2013 April 1 through May 31, 2014
All adults 17.1 13.4
Ages 18 to 25 23.5 19.1
26 to 34 28.2 23.9
35 to 64 18 13.2
65 and older 2 2
White 11.9 8.9
Black 20.9 14.7
Hispanic 38.7 33.1
Less than $36,000 in household income30.7 24.7
$36,000 to $89,999 11.7 8.6
$90,000+ 5.8 3.9
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