According to new census numbers released this week, Kaiser Health News is reporting that the number of people without health insurance fell last year, for the first time since 2007.
The percentage of Americans without health insurance last year was 15.7%, a 0.6% drop from 2010’s uninsured rate of 16.3%. The drop represents about 1.3 million less uninsured Americans, and puts the rate at the lowest percentage since 2009.
The drop in the uninsured was driven in part by a significant reduction among those aged 19 to 25, from 29.8 percent in 2010 to 27.7 percent in 2011, the Census Bureau said. The Obama administration’s health care law allowed families to keep adult children on their health plans until they turn 26.
The graphs by Kaiser Health News can be found here.