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QuickStats: Percentage of Uninsured Persons Aged <65 Years with No Health Insurance Coverage Because of Cost,* by Race/Ethnicity† — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2001 and 2011§

The figure shows the percentage of uninsured persons aged <65 years who reported cost as a reason for not having health insurance coverage, by race/ethnicity, in the United States during 2001 and 2011. From 2001 to 2011, this percentage decreased among uninsured Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black persons. In 2001 and 2011, uninsured Hispanic persons aged <65 years were more likely than uninsured non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black persons to lack health insurance coverage because of cost.

* Based on the family respondent's response to a survey question that asked about uninsured family members, "Which of these are reasons [person] stopped being covered or does not have health insurance?" Reasons included lost job or change in employment, change in marital status or death of a parent, ineligible because of age or left school, employer didn't offer or insurance company refused, cost, Medicaid stopped, and other reason. More than one reason could be provided.

Persons of Hispanic ethnicity might be of any race or combination of races.

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey Family Core component.

95% confidence interval.

From 2001 to 2011, the percentage of uninsured persons aged <65 years for whom cost was a reason for not having health insurance coverage decreased among uninsured Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black persons. In 2001 and 2011, uninsured Hispanic persons aged <65 years were more likely than uninsured non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black persons to lack health insurance coverage because of cost.

Sources: Barnes PM, Adams PF, Schiller JS. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Interview Survey, 2001. Vital Health Stat 2003;10(217). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_217.pdf.

Adams PF, Kirzinger WK, Martinez ME. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Interview Survey, 2011. Vital Health Stat 2012;10(255). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_255.pdf.

Reported by: Patricia F. Adams, pfa1@cdc.gov, 301-458-4063; Michael E. Martinez, MPH, MHSA.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of uninsured persons aged <65 years who reported cost as a reason for not having health insurance coverage, by race/ethnicity, in the United States during 2001 and 2011. From 2001 to 2011, this percentage decreased among uninsured Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black persons. In 2001 and 2011, uninsured Hispanic persons aged <65 years were more likely than uninsured non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black persons to lack health insurance coverage because of cost.


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