In the fourth quarter of 2018, 13.7 percent of U.S. adults lacked health insurance, according to a recent survey from Gallup. This is up from 13.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014, when the individual mandate went into effect and required most adults to purchase insurance.
Gallup indicated that rising insurance premiums and the decrease in insurer participation on the ACA exchanges could be contributing to the increase in uninsured individuals. The organization noted other possible contributing factors, such as the elimination of the individual mandate and the cost-sharing reduction subsidies, as well as a slashed budget to market the enrollment period and assist individuals in signing up.
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