The percentage of young Americans ages 18 to 25 who lack health insurance fell to 23 percent in the second quarter of 2012, according to a Gallup report.
The reading was down from the 24.5 percent who did not have health insurance in the first quarter of the year. Gallup says that since September 2010, there has been a general downward trend in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds who are uninsured. That month marks the date when health reform legislation began allowing adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents' health insurance plans.
So far in 2012, there has been little change in the rate of uninsured Americans ages 26 to 64. It stands at 19.6 percent. In addition, the rate of seniors 65 and older who lack insurance remains stable, varying between 2.8 percent and 3.7 percent, according to Gallup.
Overall, the rate of uninsured Americans stands at 16.9 percent. That has not changed much from last year, but is up when compared to the period 2008 through 2010, according to Gallup. The percentage of adults who get their health insurance through an employer stands at 44 percent, down from a high of 49.8 percent in January 2008.