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Gallup: Private insurance may have expanded, too

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Gallup says the number of adults with some kind of commercial health insurance may have grown in the past three quarters. 

The polling organization found that the percentage of adults ages 18 to 64 who said they had employer-sponsored health coverage has fallen to 43.5 percent in recent weeks, down from 44.4 percent last fall, before the first Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) individual coverage open enrollment period started.

The percentage who said they had union plan coverage fell to 2.5 percent, from 2.8 percent.

See also: Early group health numbers show shrinkage

But Gallup also found that the total percentage of adults who said they had individual or family coverage increased to 20.7 percent, from 16.7 percent. In its sample, the total share of people using employer, union or individual coverage increased to 66.7 percent, from 63.9 percent. Gallup based those numbers from telephone tracking polls that get responses from hundreds of people per day.

Some other organizations have also found that group plan enrollment shrank, and that it may have contracted faster than individual and family coverage use expanded, but the authors of some of those reports seemed to have little data on use of individual and family coverage purchased outside the PPACA public exchange system.

Commercial insurers also administer many Medicaid, Medicare, active-duty military and veterans’ health plans. The share of survey participants using government plans increased to 20 percent, from 17.5 percent.

Gallup found that the uninsured rate fell to 16.2 percent, from 21.2 percent last fall.

See also: Survey: Higher-income consumers less happy with PPACA plans


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