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Number Of Uninsured Americans Dropped Significantly In 2014

The number of uninsured Americans fell significantly in 2014, the first year that people were able to apply for subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

According to a new survey out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the shift was particularly notable among Americans living near or below the poverty line, and among black Americans.

These are gains that could be in jeopardy if the Supreme Court rules that Americans who got insurance through federally-run exchanges are not eligible for subsidies. A decision in that case is expected later this week or next.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to Julie Rovner, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, about the findings of the National Health Interview Survey, and what would happen to those who rely on subsidies if the Supreme Court rules against the government in King v. Burwell.


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