HHS lauded a record-low uninsured rate of 8% for the first quarter of the year. Photo Credit: teekid/Getty Images

HealthSociety USA2. September 2022

Better Health to the People, with Record Coverage!

A record number of American citizens got health coverage in the last two years, consequently bringing the national uninsured rate to an all-time low, following progressive policies adopted to expand insurance coverage.

“Our new report shows that the uninsured rate in the country reached an all-time low this year — welcome news and proof that our efforts to protect and expand on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are paying off,” says Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. 

The uninsured rate dropped from 2020 to 2022, reaching only 8 percent, and a record-breaking 14.5 million people subscribed to either the ACA or Medicaid. Several factors have contributed to this record low, including a boost to ACA subsidies for 2021 and 2022 as well as expanded outreach. Previously, people earning less than the federal poverty level were among the largest group of uninsured people. Now, the uninsured rate of people earning between 200 percent and 400 percent below the federal poverty rate went from 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2021 to 9.7 percent in the same period of 2022.

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