Rate of uninsured hits highest levels since the ACA took effect.
The rate of uninsured Americans reached a four year peak according to a new Gallup poll. In the fourth quarter of 2018, 13.7% of poll respondents reported being uncovered. This marks the highest percentage of uninsured since the advent of the Affordable Care Act in 2014. Gallup polled 28,000 people to obtain their results.
Just before the ACA in the third quarter of 2013 there were 18% uninsured, an all time high in the US. In the first quarter of 2014, when the ACA took effect, that number dropped to 13.4% uninsured. In 2016 the US saw its nadir of uninsured rate sitting at 10.9%.
Other Report Findings
Adults under the age of 35 are 21.6% uninsured, a 4.8% increase since 2016
Seven million Americans stand without health insurance in Q4 of 2018
12.8% of women are uninsured in Q4 of 2018, men 14.5%
Incomes between $24,000 and $48,000 are 19.1% uninsured and incomes below $24,000 are 25.4% in Q4 of 2018
The South uninsured saw a 3.8% increase, the West 3.6% and the Midwest at 3.2% while the East remained relatively unchanged.
Efforts by President Trump to derail the ACA seem to have grown the uninsured rate. The Gallup reports that the defunding of ACA insurance navigators, shortening of the OEP period, allowance of skinny plans and most importantly the removal of the insurance mandate have contributed to the rise of the uninsured.