Magazine article The Nation's Health

Study: US Uninsured Rate Drops to New Low

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Study: US Uninsured Rate Drops to New Low

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THE U.S. UNINSURANCE rate among adults ages 18 to 64 decreased to 15.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014, down from a high of 22.3 percent in 2010, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The agency found that blacks and Hispanics experienced a greater decline in uninsurance rates when compared to whites. Among blacks, the uninsurance rate decreased from 24.6 percent in the last quarter of 2013 to 15.9 percent in the first half of 2014. Uninsurance among Hispanics dropped from more than 40 percent to just above 33 percent, while uninsurance among whites fell from 14 percent to about 11 percent.

Released in April, the AHRQ report, "2014 National Quality and Disparities Report," also found that the percentages of people who report having a usual place of medical care increased between 2013 and 2014. Those percentages increased from 88 percent to 89. …

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