Number of Uninsured (and Untreated) Americans Grows
By Noel Brinkerhoff
Americans are continuing to lose health insurance coverage and to struggle paying for serious medical conditions, according to two separate surveys.
A Gallup poll found the proportion of adults with no health insurance has been above 17% for the last six months. The rate in the third quarter of 2008 was 14.4%.
One positive impact from President Barack Obama’s health care reform is that the uninsured rate for 18-25 year olds is down to 24.2%; it was 28% in mid-2010. The change is attributed to the law’s provision allowing parents to keep their children on their health insurance plans until age 26.