- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new federal report says Nebraska’s uninsured rate for adults younger than 65 declined over a two-year period.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released survey results Tuesday showing the rate was 16.1 percent last year. The rate was 18.5 percent in 2013.

The percentage of residents using public health plans declined during that period, from 11.9 percent to 8.2 percent. The percentage relying on private coverage increased from 72.1 percent to 76.7 percent.

The report says the rate for Nebraska residents of all ages was 11.7 percent. The national uninsured rate was 9.1 percent, and federal officials say it’s the first time in the nation’s history when the national rate fell below 10 percent.

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