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Poll finds drop in uninsured rate
Modern Healthcare

The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The biggest change was for unemployed people, a drop of 6.7 percentage points. That was followed by a 2.6 percentage-point decline for nonwhites. Traditionally both groups are far more likely to be uninsured than the population as a whole.

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