The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey found the percentage of 18- to 25-year-old Americans without health insurance has plateaued at the 24 percent range, after declining from about 28 percent after the health care law provision allowing adults up to age 26 to stay on a parent's plan was implemented.
The uninsured rate for 18- to 25- year olds remained at 24 percent in the first quarter of 2012. The uninsured rate for this group first began to decline in the fourth quarter of 2010, decreasing to 26.3 percent from 28.0 percent in the third quarter of that year. The rate then decreased to 24 percent in the first quarter of 2011 and has remained around that level since.
The survey also stated that the uninsured rate for 26- to 64-year olds also leveled off, with one in five Americans in this age group reporting not having health insurance for the past year.
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index also showed the percentage of seniors who are uninsured has remained the same over the past four years. Very few adults aged 65 and older report not having health insurance, likely because they qualify for Medicare.
The Well-Being Index indicated the percentage of all adults who get their health insurance through an employer has declined to 44.5 percent. The percentage of adults who have a government plan through Medicare, Medicaid or military/ veterans' benefits has increased over time, now at 25.3 percent. The percentage of Americans who say they get their health insurance through "something else," which could mean they purchase it themselves, has held steady near 11 percent over the years.
According to results from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey, the percentage of all U.S. adults without health insurance was 17.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012, similar to its levels for the past year, although clearly lower than in 2008, 2009 and 2010, before the health care law provision took effect.
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