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Poll: Fewer young adults are uninsured

Posted On Fri, May 6, 2011

A new poll is indicating that a a significant portion of the American public is no longer uninsured.

According to a recent Gallup survey of 102,584 adults over the age of 18, 24 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 26 were without health insurance in January. That's still a little more than one in four people, but the rate is down approximately 4 percent from January 2010 when 28 percent were uninsured.

The sudden shift may be due to the fact that 26-year-olds are now able to stay on their parents' health insurance plans under President Barack Obama's new health care initiative that passed through Congress in 2009. Portions of the law don't go into effect until 2014.

While a smaller percentage of 18- to 26-year-olds are uninsured, the survey found that the number of uninsured 27- to 64-year-olds remains elevated or unchanged, with the younger age brackets tending to be more likely not to have health insurance.

Health insurance has been in the news a lot lately, as lawmakers have been considering whether or not to cut government-funded programs like Medicare to help reduce the nation's debt. 

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