The number of Americans without health insurance continues to drop, according to Gallup figures.

The polling firm, which conducts quarterly surveys on the subject, announced that the uninsured rate has dropped to 11.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015, down half a percentage point from a rate of 11.9 percent in the first quarter of the year.

The uninsured rate has fallen nearly 6 percent from a high of nearly 18 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, shortly before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's provisions mandating coverage was put in place at the beginning of 2014.

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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.