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UNINSURED: 28.1 million lack health insurance in 2017

The number of Americans of all ages who do not have health insurance coverage has decreased from 48.6 million in 2010 to 28.1 million in early 2017, according to survey data collected each year by the National Center for Health Statistics.  This represents a decrease from 16 percent of the population in 2010 to 8.8 percent in 2017.

About 2 million children (aged under 18 years) gained health insurance coverage in this same time period — 5.8 million had no health insurance coverage in 2010 compared to 3.9 million in early 2017.

Comparative figures going back to 1997 are also provided in this report.

Source: Norris, T., Clarke, T.C., and Schiller, J.S. (2017, September). Early release of selected estimates based on data from the January-March 2017 National Health Interview Survey. National Health Interview Survey early release program. National Center for Health Statistics. Click here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/earlyrelease201709.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of June 2014

How has the Affordable Care Act changed insurance coverage for the uninsured? Urban Institute researchers have analyzed changes in the number of uninsured between September 2013 — just before open enrollment in the ACA’s Marketplace started on October 1 — and June 2014. Here’s what they found:

  • The uninsured population dropped by 8 million people, decreasing the American population percentage that’s uninsured from 17.9% to 13.9%.
  • Most of the gain in coverage was among the low and middle income adults targeted by the ACA and in the states that implemented Medicaid expansion.
  • All demographic groups benefited but the biggest gains were for the young, male, and minority adults that typically have had high uninsurance rates.

Who are the remaining uninsured? They were more likely to be low income or in states that did not expand Medicaid coverage. While most had heard about the Marketplaces and the individual mandate, fewer (38%) had knowledge of available subsidies. Financial reasons was the most frequent explanation given for lack of coverage.


Long SK and others. Taking stock at mid-year: health insurance coverage under the ACA as of June 2014. Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Urban Institute Health Policy Center, July 29, 2014. http://hrms.urban.org/briefs/taking-stock-at-mid-year.pdf

Shartzer A and others. Who are the remaining uninsured as of June 2014. Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Urban Institute Health Policy Center, July 29, 2014. http://hrms.urban.org/briefs/who-are-the-remaining-uninsured-as-of-june-2014.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

UNINSURED: 14.6 percent in early 2012 (US national data)

The percentage of people who reported having no health insurance coverage at the time that they were interviewed in this survey was 14.6 percent during the first half of 2012.  This most recent survey finding is fairly consistent with similar survey data since 1998, except during the Great Recession, when it was higher, topping out at 16 percent in 2010. 

The numbers go higher when the question shifts to — have you been uninsured year?at some time during the past year?   Then, the most recent response is 18.5 percent who said “yes” when interviewed in the first half of 2012.  The high water mark on this question (since 1997 anyway) was just under one-fifth of Americans during the recent recession.

This data report from the National Center for Health Statistics is based on a sample survey of the US civilian population who are not institutionalized. 

Source: Martinez, M.E., and Cohen, R.  Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimate from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2012, Dec. 2012.  Click here for full text at no charge: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201212.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org