CDC: ObamaCare cut uninsured rate

Federal health officials reported a drop in the uninsured rate this year, a sign of success for ObamaCare's new coverage options.

A quarterly survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that the uninsured rate among adults under 65 dropped by two points, from 20.4 to 18.4 percent, between the end of 2013 and the first quarter of this year.


That period coincided with the activation of health plans on the exchanges and coverage under the Medicaid expansion.

Several prior surveys had already affirmed that the new system extended coverage to the uninsured. Still, Tuesday's report does not illustrate the full impact of the healthcare law since it failed to account for the enrollment rush at the end of March.

In total, the uninsured rate dropped from 14.4 percent in 2013 to 13.1 percent in 2014, the CDC said. The decrease was especially pronounced among young adults, 26.5 percent of whom were uninsured in 2013 compared with 20.9 percent in 2014.

A separate report by the Census Bureau found that the uninsured rate in 2013 was 13.4 percent. That rate does not reflect the rollout of the healthcare law.