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Survey: US uninsured up 3.5M this year; expected to rise

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major new survey finds that the number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year.

Analysis of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index suggests that rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" are undermining recent coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low.

The survey is out Friday.

The survey found that the uninsured rate among adults was 12.3 percent during the period from July 1-Sept. 30. That's up 1.4 percentage points since the end of 2016.

The increase in the number of uninsured is more striking because it comes at a time of economic growth and low unemployment.

Experts predict the uninsured number will continue to climb this year, even though sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act starts Nov. 1.

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