Washington, Aug 29 (AP) The government says about 500,000 fewer Americans had no health insurance the first three months of this year, but that slight dip was not statistically significant from the same period in 2016.Also Read - President Xi Jinping Deploys Army After 13 People Killed in Massive Central China Floods

Progress reducing the number of uninsured appears to have stalled in the last couple of years, and a separate private survey that measured through the first half of 2017 even registered an uptick. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee to Visit Delhi During Parliament Session, Says 'Will Meet PM Modi If Appointment Given'

Today’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 28.1 million uninsured from January-March, or 8.8 per cent of the population. That compares to 48.6 million people or 16 per cent of Americans when the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 under former President Barack Obama. Also Read - Red Meat Can Cause Colon Cancer: All You Need to Know About High Fat Diet And Cancer

With Republicans still talking of repealing “Obamacare,” it’s unclear if insurance gains will be maintained or reversed. (AP)

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