Young, working-age adults made more use of public plan coverage during the first three quarters of 2016, but their use of private coverage started to rebound in the third quarter. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Young, working-age adults may have gotten more health coverage from traditional commercial sources in the third quarter of 2016.

The percentage of adults ages 18 to 29 who had some kind of traditional health coverage in the period running from July 1 through September 30 increased to 63 percent, according to new data from the National Health Interview Survey.

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That share was up from 61.2 percent in the second quarter of the year.

The percentage of young adults who had no coverage fell to 13.9 percent, from 16.3 percent. The percentage who had coverage from an Affordable Care Act public exchange plan held steady at 3.9 percent, and the percentage who had coverage from Medicare, Medicaid or another, similar program increased to 24.3 percent from 24 percent.

In 2016, young adults’ use of public health plans has been much higher than in 2015. In the third quarter, for example, 24.3 percent were using public plan coverage. That was up from 19.7 percent in the third quarter of 2015.

Because of young adults’ increased use of public plan coverage, year-over-year comparisons for their use of private coverage have looked weak. Even though young adults’ use of private coverage was higher in the third quarter than the second quarter, it was down from 64.1 percent in the third quarter of 2015.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducts the NHIS survey to help HHS run its programs.

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NHIS managers found that the overall uninsured rate for U.S. residents under age 65 fell to 10.1 percent in the third quarter.

That was down from 10.8 percent in the second quarter, and down slightly from 10.8 percent in the third quarter of 2015.

The percentage with group health coverage or off-exchange individual coverage was 64.4 percent. That was up from 63.9 percent in the second quarter, but down slightly from 64.5 percent in the year-earlier quarter.

For adults ages 30 to 64, use of public and private coverage has looked similar in 2015 and 2016. About 70.8 percent had group health coverage or off-exchange individual coverage in the third quarter. That was up slightly, from 70.5 percent, in the second quarter of 2016, and up from 70.4 percent in the third quarter of 2015.

For adults in that age group, use of public plan coverage increased to 19.5 percent in the third quarter of 2016, up just a little from 19.3 percent in the second quarter of 2016, and up from 19.3 percent in the third quarter of 2015. 

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