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Uninsured rate hits lowest level since ’08

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The United States’s uninsured rate is at its lowest level since 2008, according to a survey Gallup released Monday.

During the first quarter of this year, the number of people without health insurance dropped to 15.6 percent. 

{mosads}That rate represents a drop of 1.5 percentage points since the fourth quarter of last year, Gallup found.

Gallup found that as the March 31 deadline for enrolling in federal and state health exchanges under ObamaCare approached, more people obtained health insurance.

It found the uninsured rate has dropped about the same amount among adults ages 26 to 64 and those ages 18 to 25.

Between the end of last year and the end of March, the uninsured rate has dropped about 2 percentage points among those ages 18 to 25. 

The survey comes a week after the 2014 open enrollment period closed, and the administration announced that 7.1 million people has signed up for a plan in ObamaCare.  

The results come from 43,500 interviews Gallup conducted with adults from Jan. 2 to March 31. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point. 

In the third quarter of 2013, the uninsured rate hit an all-time high of 18 percent.

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