Percentage of Uninsured Americans Unchanged From 2016 to 2017

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In the first 9 months of 2017, 28.9 million persons of all ages were uninsured at the time of interview — not significantly different from 2016.
In the first 9 months of 2017, 28.9 million persons of all ages were uninsured at the time of interview — not significantly different from 2016.

HealthDay News — The percentage of uninsured US persons of all ages did not change significantly from 2016 to the first 9 months of 2017, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Michael E. Martinez, MPH, from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, and colleagues used data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey to update health insurance estimates.

The researchers found that 9% of persons of all ages were uninsured in the first 9 months of 2017, which was not significantly different from 2016; however, 19.7 million fewer persons were uninsured in 2017 than in 2010. 

Among adults aged 18 to 64 years, 12.7% were uninsured in the first 9 months of 2017, and 19.5% and 69.3% had public coverage and private health insurance coverage, respectively; 4.4% covered with private health insurance plans were covered by plans obtained through the Health Insurance Marketplace or state-based exchanges. Among children aged 0 to 17 years, in the first 9 months of 2017, 4.9%, 41.9%, and 54.6% were uninsured, had public coverage, and private health insurance coverage, respectively.

"The percentage of persons under age 65 with private health insurance enrolled in a high-deductible health plan increased, from 39.4% in 2016 to 43.2% in the first 9 months of 2017," the authors write.

Reference

Martinez ME, Zammitti EP, Cohen RA. Health insurance coverage: early release of estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January–September 2017. National Center for Health Statistics. February 2018.

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