The steep drop in the uninsured rate — in one chart

July 11, 2014

The percentage of uninsured Americans dropped below 14 percent during the second quarter of the year, hitting a six-year low, according to newly released survey data.

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey, 13.4 percent of Americans do not have coverage, down more than 2 percent from the previous quarter. As the federal health-care law has been implemented, the percentage of Americans without insurance has dropped steadily. As the following chart shows, it was as high as 18 percent in 2013.

(Chart via Gallup)
(Chart via Gallup)

The uninsured rate has fallen across all age groups, according to Gallup. The dips have been steepest among younger Americans, age 18 to 34.

The data come from live interviews with more than 45,000 adults in the in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey conducted April through June.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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