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Number of Americans Lacking Health Coverage Plunges, CDC Finds

July 28, 2022, 4:01 AM

The share of people in the US who lacked health insurance continued to drop in the first quarter to 8%, or 26.4 million people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

That percentage of uninsured people was down from 9.5%, or 30.8 million, in the first quarter of 2021, the report showed.

Many people have obtained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchanges as a result of increased subsidies under the American Rescue Plan Act enacted in 2021, as well as through Medicaid coverage that has been continued without interruption during the Covid-19 public health emergency. In ...