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UNINSURED: 48.3 million in 2010 dropped to 28.7 million in 2015 (U.S. national data for non-elderly population)

In 1972, the earliest year shown in this source, there were 30.7 million Americans under age 65 who did not have health insurance.  This number has varied somewhat from year to year – sometimes dropping, sometimes rising – but reached the highest number (48.3 million) in 2010.  In 2015, the number of uninsured Americans under 65 who were uninsured dropped to 28.7 million.  Here are some of the years shown in this source:

Number of Persons Uninsured (under 65 years old)

  • 30.7 million  1972 (the earliest year)
  • 23.0 million  1978 (the lowest year)
  • 48.3 million  2010 (the highest year)
  • 28.7 million  2015 (the most recent year)

Source: U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. (2017, February). National Health Interview Survey: Long-term trends in health insurance coverage. Click here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/trendshealthinsurance1968_2015.pdf   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

HEALTH INSURANCE : 10 states with highest number of uninsured in 2014

These are authoritative numbers from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission that compare each state according to the number of uninsured residents in 2014 compared to 2013.

States with Highest Number of Uninsured (2014)

  1. 5,047,000 Texas
  2. 4,767,000 California
  3. 3,245,000 Florida
  4. 1,697,000 New York
  5. 1,568,000 Georgia
  6. 1,276,000 North Carolina
  7. 1,238,000 Illinois
  8. 1,065,000 Pennsylvania
  9.    965,000 New Jersey
  10.    955,000 Ohio

US Total = 36,670,000 (2014) – which represents a drop of 8,510,000 from 2013 to 2014 nationally.

States with Highest Percentage of Uninsured (2014)

  1. 19.1 percent Texas
  2. 17.2 percent Alaska
  3. 16.6 percent Florida
  4. 15.8 percent Georgia
  5. 15.4 percent Oklahoma
  6. 15.2 percent Nevada
  7. 14.8 percent Louisiana
  8. 14.5 percent Mississippi
  9. 14.5 percent New Mexico
  10. 14.2 percent Montana

US Total = 11.7 percent (2014) – which represents a drop of 2.8 percent from 2013 to 2014 nationally.

Source: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (2016, Mar.). Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP (p. 47). Washington, D.C.: MACPAC.  Click here for full text https://www.macpac.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/March-2016-Report-to-Congress-on-Medicaid-and-CHIP.pdf

Of Related Interest: Collins, S.R., Gunja, M. and Beutel, S. (2015, Sept. 16). New Census data show the number of uninsured Americans dropped by 8.8 million. The Commonwealth Fund Blog. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/blog/2015/sept/us-census-data-shows-uninsured-americans-drop Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org