More than half of Americans who purchased health insurance through a public exchange were uninsured just prior to obtaining coverage.

New data from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 57% of those who purchased coverage were previously uninsured, while 14% were covered by an employer/COBRA plan, 16% covered by a different non-group plan and 9% by Medicaid or another public program. A March 30 Los Angeles Times article using data from RAND Corp. and the newspaper’s analysis had estimated the number of uninsured who gained coverage at about 33%.

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