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UNINSURED: Number of Americans lacking health insurance has decreased to 28.5 million in 2015

The number of Americans without health insurance has been decreasing, according to a survey conducted each year by the National Center for Health Statistics.  In 2010, there were an estimated 48.6 million Americans without health insurance.  As of the first half of 2015, that number had dropped to 28.5 million.  Let’s do the math.  That’s an improvement of 20 million people.

And for children, the results are also heartening.  In 2010, an estimated 5.8 million children were uninsured.  By the first half of 2015, that number had decreased to 3.3 million.  An improvement of 2.5 million.

Uninsured at the Time They Were Surveyed (all ages)

  • 48.6 million, or 16 percent (2010)
  • 46.3 million, or 15.1 percent (2011)
  • 45.5 million, or 14.7 percent (2012)
  • 44.8 million, or 14.4 percent (2013)
  • 36 million, or 11.5 percent (2014)
  • 28.5 million, or 9 percent (first half 2015)

These are federal government estimates based on the results of a sample survey of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

Source:  Martinez, M.E., and Cohen, R.A. (2015, Nov.). Health insurance coverage: Early release of estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2015. National Health Interview Survey early release program. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201511.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


What percent of the U.S. population is uninsured?

The most current federal government figures on the extent of the U.S. population that is without health insurance coverage indicate the following for the first half of 2014:

  • 27 million (or 8.7 percent of the population) had been uninsured for more than a year
  • 38 million (or 12.2 percent of the population) were without insurance at the time that they were interviewed for the survey
  • 54 million (or 17.3 percent of the population) said that they had been uninsured at some time during the past 12 months

Interestingly, the numbers for the most recent time period — that is, from January to June 2014 – show a decrease in the number of people without health insurance in each of these three categories since 2009.

This data report also looks at the distribution of U.S. residents who are uninsured, have some type of public plan, or have private health insurance.

Source: Martinez, M.E., and Cohen, R.A. (2014, Dec.). Health insurance coverage: early release of estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2014. National Health Interview Survey Early Release Program. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201412.pdf Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org