An increasing number of American adults lack health insurance, according to new Gallup numbers, and fewer than ever are getting it at work.
The uninsured rate for adults 26 to 64 has been rising since 2009, and now sits at 19.6 percent. It was in the 15 percent range during most of 2008.
The uninsured rate of young adults — 18-25-year-olds — also has inched back up, and now sits at 23.7 percent. It was at an all-time low of 22.7 percent at the end of last year.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s provision allowing young adults under 26 to stay on their parents’ health insurance has helped bring down the numbers in that age group.
The percentage of uninsured seniors has remained relatively stable, because so many of them qualify for Medicare.