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Insurance purchased on the exchanges by those who pay for their own coverage has seen the biggest drop in 2017, falling by 1.3 points. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The downward trend of uninsured, which hit record lows in the third and fourth quarters of 2016, has reversed, and climbed in the third quarter of 2017 to 12.3 percent. 

A Gallup/Sharecare measure of the uninsured rate, conducted since 2008, had hit a record low of 10.9 percent in the second half of 2016, after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s mandated healthcare exchanges and the associated requirement that all adults have health insurance or be subject to a fine—those went into effect in 2014, and saw Medicaid expansion in 31 states between the beginning of that year and July of 2016.

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