National uninsured rate hit record low this year

The national uninsured rate reached an all-time low of 8 percent in the first quarter of 2022, according to an HHS report released Aug. 2. 

The report analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey and the American Community Survey, according to an Aug. 2 HHS news release. 

Three things to know:

1. The previous record low uninsured rate was 9 percent, set in 2016. 

2. The uninsured rate among adults ages 18-64 was 11.8 percent in the first quarter of 2022. The uninsured rate for children ages 0-17 was 3.7 percent. 

3. About 5.2 million people have gained health coverage since 2020. Gains in coverage are concurrent with the implementation of the American Rescue Plan’s enhanced ACA Marketplace subsidies, the continuous enrollment provision in Medicaid, several state Medicaid expansions and enrollment outreach efforts.  

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