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QuickStats: Reasons for No Health Insurance Coverage* Among Uninsured Persons Aged <65 Years --- National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), United States, 2009

The figure shows reasons for no health insurance coverage among uninsured persons aged <65 years in the United States in 2009. Overall, in 2009, approximately 18% (46 million) of persons aged <65 years had no health insurance cover¬age at the time of interview. Of these uninsured persons, 48.1% cited cost as the reason they did not have coverage, and 27.6% cited loss of a job or a change in employment; 12.4% said they did not have coverage because an employer did not offer it or the insurance company refused coverage, and 12.1% said they did not have coverage because of cessation of Medicaid benefits.i

* Based on response to a survey question regarding the reasons a household member stopped being covered by health insurance or did not have health insurance. Persons could provide more than one reason.

Estimates are age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using four age groups: 0--11 years, 12--17 years, 18--44 years, and 45--64 years. Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the NHIS Family Core component.

§ 95% confidence interval.

Including moved, self-employed, never had coverage, did not want or need coverage, and other unspecified reasons.

Overall, in 2009, approximately 18% (46 million) of persons aged <65 years in the United States had no health insurance coverage at the time of interview. Of these uninsured persons, 48.1% cited cost as the reason they did not have coverage, and 27.6% cited loss of a job or a change in employment; 12.4% said they did not have coverage because an employer did not offer it or the insurance company refused coverage, and 12.1% said they did not have coverage because of cessation of Medicaid benefits.

Source: Adams PF, Martinez ME, Vickerie, JL. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Inteview Survey, 2009. Vital Health Stat 2010;10(248).Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_248.pdf.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows reasons for no health insurance coverage among uninsured persons aged <65 years in the United States in 2009. Overall, in 2009, approximately 18% (46 million) of persons aged <65 years had no health insurance cover¬age at the time of interview. Of these uninsured persons, 48.1% cited cost as the reason they did not have coverage, and 27.6% cited loss of a job or a change in employment; 12.4% said they did not have coverage because an employer did not offer it or the insurance company refused coverage, and 12.1% said they did not have coverage because of cessation of Medicaid benefits.



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