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Recent Data on Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage improves access and quality of medical care and contributes to the overall health of Americans.

Chart: 46 Million Without Health Insurance, 2009. 15.3% of Americans(46.0 million); 21.0% of Adults(39.7 million); 8.2% of Children (6.1 million).Recent data on health insurance show a decline in coverage for adults:

From January to September 2009, the percentage of persons uninsured at the time of interview was 15.3% (46.0 million) for persons of all ages, 17.4% (45.7 million) for persons under age 65 years, 21.0% (39.7 million) for persons aged 18-64, and 8.2% (6.1 million) for children under age 18. In 2008, 43.6 million persons under 65 were uninsured, of which, 37.1 million (19.7%) were adults between the ages of 18 and 64 and 6.6 million (8.9%) were children under the age of 18.

Based on data from the January-September 2009 NHIS, a total of 58.4 million (19.4%) persons of all ages were uninsured for at least part of the year prior to interview. Adults aged 18-64 were almost twice as likely to experience this lack of coverage (25.5%) as children (13.0%).

Data Source:

Martinez, ME and Cohen RA. Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January - September 2009. National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Interview Statistics, 2010.

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