A new Gallup poll released this week reports that 24 percent of Americans between the ages of 18-26 were uninsured in the first four months of 2011, a 4 percent drop from 2010. The drop, coupled with a slight increase in the next age bracket, means that young adults are no longer the age cohort with the highest rates of uninsured; that designation now belongs to 27-35 year-olds. In addition, more young adults now say they receive their health insurance via a source other than directly through an employer. The survey's authors speculated that the increase could be the result "of more young adults now being covered under their parents' plans, having a private health plan, or getting coverage through their college or university," as the percent of 18-26 year olds with their own, employer-based coverage increased only slightly, from 31.8 percent in 2010 to 32.3 percent through the first four months of 2011.

Meanwhile, other age groups saw the ranks of the uninsured increase slightly.

Among the other findings:

  • 26.7 percent of adults aged 27-35 were uninsured, up from 25.5 percent in 2010.
  • 19.3 percent of those ages 36-44 were uninsured, up from 18.8 percent last year.
  • 15.2 percent of Americans aged 45-64 were insured, up from 14.9 percent in 2010.

Read the full report here.