Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cut the share of people without health insurance by 2 percentage points this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report today.

In the first three months of 2014, 18.4 percent of adults under age 65 lacked health insurance, down from 20.4 percent last year, according to the CDC survey. The fall in the uninsured rate was helped by 3.7 million people who bought private health insurance sold under PPACA, the CDC said.

While studies by outside researchers have recorded a drop in the uninsured rate this year, the CDC survey is the first official government report to register such a decline. The 28,000-person survey didn't count enrollment under the health law in late March and early April, when millions of coverage applications were accepted.

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