The national uninsured rate in the U.S. reached an all-time low of 8% in early 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This reflects 5.2 million people gaining coverage since 2020.

The HHS report, which analyzes data from the National Health Interview Survey and American Community Survey, shows the impact of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to increase health care access and lower costs for America’s families through the American Rescue Plan’s enhanced Marketplace subsidies, the continuous enrolment provision in Medicaid, several recent state Medicaid expansions, and substantial enrolment outreach by the Administration in 2021 and 2022.

“Our new report shows that the uninsured rate in the country reached an all-time low this year – welcome news and proof that our efforts to protect and expand on the Affordable Care Act are paying off,” says HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “As we move forward, the Department of Health and Human Services will continue to do everything we can to protect, expand, and strengthen the programs that provide the quality, affordable health care Americans rely on and deserve.”

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