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Proportion of Americans without health insurance dropped in 2014
Washington Post

The proportion of Americans who lack health insurance fell markedly last year, according to new federal figures that provide the strongest evidence to date of how the Affordable Care Act is driving changes in health coverage across the country.

The figures, released Wednesday from a large annual Census Bureau survey that measures Americans’ well-being in several ways, found that nearly 9 million more people had coverage in 2014 than the year before. The share of people uninsured throughout the year fell to 10.4 percent, from 13.3 percent in 2013.

Most of the more than 200 million Americans with private health plans still get coverage through their jobs. But of all categories of health insurance, the sharpest increase last year was among people who bought a plan on their own — including the kind of insurance policies sold through federal and state marketplaces created under the health law.

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