An increasing number of American adults lackhealth insurance, according to new Gallup numbers, and fewer thanever are getting it at work.

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The uninsured rate for adults 26 to 64 has been rising since2009, and now sits at 19.6 percent. It was in the 15 percent rangeduring most of 2008.

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The uninsured rate of young adults—18-to-25-year-olds—also hasinched back up, and now sits at 23.7 percent. It was at an all-timelow of 22.7 percent at the end of last year.

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's provisionallowing young adults under 26 to stay on their parents' healthinsurance has helped bring down the numbers in that age group.

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The percentage of uninsured seniors has remained relativelystable, because so many of them qualify for Medicare.

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Gallu palso reported that fewer Americans than ever are gettinghealth insurance from their employer.

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Just 43.3 percent of American adults said they get coverage froman employer in the second quarter of this year, the lowestquarterly average Gallup and Healthways have recorded to date.Employer-based health insurance has been falling steadily since2009.

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Opponents of President Obama's Patient Protection and AffordableCare Act argue dropped health coverage is an unintended consequenceof the law that will hurt employees who want to stick with thecoverage they know and want.

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About one in four adults receives health insurance throughMedicare, Medicaid, or military/veterans' benefits as has been thecase since 2010. Another 11 percent said they got their healthinsurance through “something else,” which may mean they simplybought it themselves.

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The Gallup numbers are based on telephone interviews conductedas part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey April1-June 30, 2013, with a random sample of 45,505 adults.

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