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QuickStats: Reasons for No Health Insurance Coverage* Among Uninsured Persons Aged <65 Years --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2004

* 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 might be counted in more than one category.

Estimates are age adjusted using the 2000 projected 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.

§ 95% confidence interval.

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

Overall, approximately 17% (41 million) of persons aged <65 years had no health insurance at the time of interview. Of these, approximately one half did not have coverage because of cost, and one fourth did not have coverage because of loss of a job or a change in employment. Approximately 14% of uninsured persons did not have coverage because their employer did not offer it or the insurance company refused coverage, and 10% did not have coverage because of cessation of Medicaid benefits. Less than 3% of persons without health insurance did not have coverage because of a change in marital status or death of a parent.

SOURCE: Adams PF, Barnes PM. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Inteview Survey, 2004. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2006;10(229). Available at

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Date last reviewed: 12/13/2006




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