June 16th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
By Ann J. Curley
The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 46.3 million people in the United States of all ages — that’s 15.4 percent of survey participants — lacked health insurance in 2009 at the time of their interview. That’s 2.5 million more without insurance compared with the 43.8 million participants who indicated they lacked health insurance in 2008.
However, the CDC reports the percentage of children who were uninsured for at least part of the year has decreased from 18.1 percent in 1997 to 12.8 percent in 2009. The rate was 13.3 percent in 2008. The percentage of kids without health insurance for at least part of the year has remained fairly stable, ranging from 12.6 percent to 13.3 percent since 2004.
Highlights from the 2009 NHIS include:
- More adults lacked health insurance in 2009; 21.1 percent compared with 19.7 percent in 2008.
- At the time of the interview, 58.5 million (19.4 percent) had been uninsured for at least part of the year before the interview. 32.8 million (10.9 percent) had been uninsured for more than a year at the time of the interview.
- In 2009, the percentage of uninsured under age 65 was 46 million (17.5 percent), for people aged 18 to 64 was 40 million (21.1 percent, and 6.1 million children under age 18 (8.2 percent) were uninsured.
- When comparing uninsured rates for the 20 largest U.S. states, the percentage of uninsured spanned from 3.7 percent in Massachusetts to 24.6 percent in Texas.
The CDC has conducted the National Health Interview Survey since 1957.
The full report is available on the CDC website here.
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