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More Whites Gain Obamacare Coverage Than Blacks And Latinos Combined

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As a result the uninsured rate among white Americans dropped from 14.3 percent to 8.3 percent, for a net decrease of 6 percentage points. Proportionally speaking, the drop in the uninsured rate was even greater among minorities. For Hispanics, the rate of uninsured dropped from 41.8 percent to 30.3 percent -- a net decrease of 11.5 percentage points -- while black Americans saw a net decrease in their uninsured rate of 10.3 percentage points, dropping from 22.4 percent to 12.1 percent.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell unveiled the new numbers -- which come ahead of the third open enrollment period beginning Nov. 1 -- at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

"Until we know all Americans have a chance to find affordable coverage, quality care, and the tools to make the best decisions for their health, we will struggle as a nation to move forward,” she said in her remarks.

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