This figure was revealed in the report about the results of a large survey that was recently released.
According to the outcome of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey that was recently conducted, almost 9 out of every 10 adults across the United States are now reporting that they have health insurance coverage.
Back in 2013, that figure was showing as being just slightly more than 8 out of every 10 U.S. adults.
What has yet to be known about these health insurance study results is whether this is actually a high measure over the actual impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or whether this represents an actual milestone in the progress of the health care reform that seeks to spread coverage to everyone across the country. Despite the fact that it has been in place for years, the future of the ACA is one that is always somewhat uncertain. It could end up changing its shape based on a decision that will be made by the Supreme Court with regards to the consumer subsidies, as well as by the actions of Republican state leaders who oppose the expansion of Medicaid.
The survey determined that in the first quarter of 2015, the number of adults without health insurance fell to 11.9 percent.
This represents the lowest percentage of uninsured adults that the survey has seen since it first began tracking that figure, in 2008. The most recent results of the insurance coverage survey overlapped with the close of the second open enrollment period of the health care reform.
If these Gallup figures are accurate, then it means that the increases in health plan coverage from 2014 to 2015 represent about 3.6 million fewer uninsured adults in the U.S. since last fall, before the most recent open enrollment period began.
According to the poll’s research director, Dan Witters, “The Affordable Care Act had three major objectives: increase coverage, slow the rate of increase in costs, and improve health.” He added that “The first one is clearly a win. Coverage is increasing; there is no question about it.”
The Gallup report estimated that since the fall of 2013, when the first open enrollment period began, there have been an additional 14.75 million adults who have gained health insurance coverage.