The percentage of Americans who said they had some kind of health coverage was even higher in the fourth quarter of 2014 than it was three months earlier.
Jenna Levy, an analyst at Gallup, has presented data supporting that conclusion in a summary of results from 43,000 interviews with U.S. adults 18 and older conducted from Oct. 1 through Dec. 30, and from similar interviews conducted during the third quarter of 2014 and the fourth quarter of 2013.
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Only 12.9 percent of the people polled in the fourth quarter of 2014 were uninsured. That was down from 13.4 percent in the third quarter, and down from 17.1 percent in the comparable quarter in 2013.
The percentage who had some kind of coverage increased to 87.1 percent, up from 86.6 percent in the previous quarter and from 82.9 percent in the year-earlier quarter.
The uninsured rate dropped for the kinds of high-income who often buy insurance from health insurance agents and brokers as well as for lower-income consumers. The uninsured rate for survey participants with an annual income of $90,000 or higher fell to 3.4 percent, from 5.8 percent in the third quarter.
That 2.4 percentage-point drop means the actual number of high-income uninsured adults may have fallen about 41 percent between the third quarter of 2014 and the fourth quarter of 2014.