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People without Health Insurance Coverage, by Race and Ethnicity

30.4% of Hispanics, 17% of blacks, and 9.9% of whites do not have health insurance

Chart: People without Health Insurance Coverage, by Race/Ethnicity

After adjusting for age and sex, the percentage of uninsured persons at the time of interviewed between January and March 2008# was 30.4% Hispanic, 9.9% non-Hispanic white, and 17.0% non-Hispanic black. Hispanic persons were most likely to be uninsured at the time of interview, followed by non-Hispanic black persons and non-Hispanic white persons.

A person was defined as uninsured if he or she did not have any private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), state-sponsored or other government-sponsored health plan, or military plan at the time of the interview. A person was also defined as uninsured if he or she had only Indian Health Service coverage or had only a private plan that paid for one type of service such as accidents or dental care. Estimates are age-sex adjusted using the projected 2000 US population as the standard population and using three age groups: under 18 years, 18–64 years, and 65 years and over.

#DATA SOURCE: Based on data collected from January through March in the Family Core component of the 2008 National Health Interview Survey. Data are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population.

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