Poll: Twenty percent of Americans between 26 and 64 lack health insurance

Posted on: Monday, April 16, 2012

The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enables adult children to stay on their parents plan until they are 26 years old. But a new survey indicates many people after that age are uninsured.

According to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, approximately 20 percent of adults between the ages of 26 and 64 indicate they have not had health insurance for at least a year, United Press International reports. Since a portion of the ACA went into effect, the percentage of Americans who don't have coverage and are between 18 and 25 years old has largely leveled off.

The poll also revealed the source from which Americans obtain coverage. Of the 88,908 adults surveyed, approximately 44 percent of adults get their health insurance through their employer. That's down from just under 50 percent when a similar poll was conducted in 2008.

Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who say their coverage is through "something else," has held at 11 percent for the past several years, UPI notes.

This may be an indication that agents should increase their insurance prospecting to provide adequate coverage to this underserved segment of the population.

Posted In: Insurance News, Health Insurance

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