New CDC Report Documents Percentage of People Without Health Insurance
For Immediate Release: June 25, 2007
Contact: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, Office of Communication (301) 458-4800
CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics is issuing a new report today entitled "Early Release of Health Insurance Estimates Based on Data From the 2006 National Health Interview Survey."
The study examines data collected from interviews in over 100,000 households nationwide. Some of the highlights include:
- In 2006, there were 43.6 million Americans of all ages who did not have health insurance (at the time of the interview), or 14.8% of the population.
- Among working-age Americans (those ages 18-64), there were 19.8% who did not have health insurance in 2006, a slight increase from 18.9% in 2005.
- Approximately 9.3% of children under the age of 18 did not have health insurance in 2006, a decrease from 13.9% in 1997.
- In 2006, the percentage uninsured at the time of interview among the 20 largest states ranged from 7.7% in Michigan to 23.8% in Texas.