More Americans had health insurance in 2011, as more young adults jumped onto their parents' health plan as part of a popular provision in President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and more people enrolled in government-sponsored coverage.

The rate of Americans without health insurance fell to 15.7 percent last year, down from 16.3 percent in 2010, according to new Census Bureau numbers released Wednesday. Now, 48.6 million people aren't insured, down from 50 million in 2010. 

It's the first time in four years the number of uninsured has dropped.

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