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Gallup: More Americans uninsured in 2011

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The number of U.S. adults who lack health insurance increased to 17.1 percent in 2011, a year-long survey indicates.

The Gallup organization and Healthways said they found the number of uninsured adults hit the highest level in 2011 since they began tracking it in 2008.

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Because children aged 18 to 25 are now allowed to stay on their parents' health plans, they were the only group that registered a steady decline in uninsured, Gallup said.

The number of 18-to-25-year-olds without medical insurance dropped to 24.5 percent in 2011 from 27.6 percent in 2010 and 28.2 percent in 2009.

A group whose percentages would be expected to increase -- high-income Americans and seniors -- actually saw little change,

Gallup found that 4.4 percent of high income U.S. residents were uninsured in 2011 compared to 4.8 percent in 2008.

For seniors, the percentage of uninsured was 3.1 percent in 2011 and 3.3 percent in 2008.

The health insurance survey was conducted by telephone in 2011 among a random sample of 353,492 adults aged 18 or older. It carried a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, Gallup said.

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