NBC NEWS - With just three weeks left
to sign up under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major
survey tracking the rollout finds that the uninsured rate keeps going
Well-Being Index, released Monday, found that 15.9 percent of U.S.
adults are uninsured thus far in 2014, down from 17.1 percent for the
last three months — or calendar quarter— of 2013.
That translates roughly to 3 million to 4 million people getting coverage.
said the share of Americans who lack coverage is on track to drop to
the lowest quarterly level it measured since 2008, before Obama took
The survey found that almost every major demographic group made progress getting health insurance, although Hispanics lagged.
the highest uninsured rate of any racial or ethnic group, Latinos were
expected to be major beneficiaries of the new health care law. They are a
relatively young population and many are on the lower rungs of the
middle class, holding down jobs that don't come with health insurance.
the outreach effort to Hispanics got off to a stumbling start. The
Spanish-language enrollment website, CuidadodeSalud.gov, was delayed due
to technical problems. Its name sounds like a clunky translation from
English: "Care of Health." A spot check of the Spanish site on Sunday
showed parts of it still use a mix of Spanish and English to convey
information, which can make insurance details even more confusing.
indications point to lackluster Latino numbers, prompting the
administration to make a special pitch as the end of open enrollment
season approaches on March 31. The president was on Spanish-language television networks last week to raise awareness.
found the biggest drop in the uninsured rate was among households
making less than $36,000 a year — a decline of 2.8 percentage points.
The administration is
citing numbers that are far higher than Gallup's: about 4 million people
signing up for private coverage, and 9 million for Medicaid.
those statistics also include people who already had health insurance
and switched to coverage offered under the law. The government numbers
also include children, while Gallup focuses on adults.