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Access to low-cost health coverage for millions in 2014 led to a reduction in uninsured adults nationally from 17.3 percent to 13.8 percent. However, according to a Gallup survey of more than 170,000 U.S. adults, some states reported stunning drops in the number of uninsured.

The sharpest reductions were reported by residents of Arkansas and Kentucky. The former reported a drop from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 11.4 percent last year, while the Bluegrass State’s rate fell from 20.4 percent to 11.4 percent.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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