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Uninsured rate dips as health care law rolls out
San Francisco Chronicle

It may just be the start of a new trend. The uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as expanded coverage rolled out under President Obama’s health care law, a major survey released Thursday has found.

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. That would translate to roughly 2 million to 3 million people gaining coverage.

The closely watched poll combines the scope and depth found in government surveys with the timeliness of media sampling.

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