The portion of American adults without health insurance dropped to 13.4 percent in the second quarter, the lowest level in six years, according to a new Gallup poll.
The previous low point was 14.4 percent, recorded in the third quarter of 2008 when Gallup and Healthways began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans.
Since the Affordable Care Act's requirement that almost everyone have health insurance went into effect in January, the uninsured rate has dropped significantly across every major age group under 65. In the fourth quarter of 2013, an average of 17.1 percent of Americans lacked health insurance.
In the second quarter of this year, the portion of adults without insurance was
- 18.7 percent among 18 to 25-year-olds
- 23.9 percent among 26 to 34-year-olds
- 13.4 percent among 35 to 64-year-olds
- 2 percent among those 65 and older.
Very few seniors are uninsured, thanks to Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors, and Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income people and people with disabilities.
The decline in the percentage of uninsured adults has apparently leveled off since open enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces ended in April, Gallup reported. The next open enrollment period, which will be for 2015 health plans, will start in November.
The Gallup and Healthways poll is based on more than 45,000 interviews of U.S. adults.