In 2019, 33.0 million (10.2 percent) people of all ages had no insurance, according to a study published online June 29 in National health statistics reports, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Robin A. Cohen, Ph.D., of the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, and colleagues used data from the 2019 National Health Interview Survey to estimate health insurance coverage in general and by selected sociodemographic characteristics.
The researchers found that at the time of the interview, 33.0 million (10.2%) of all ages were uninsured in 2019, including 32.5 million (12.0%) of people under 65 . Overall, 3.7 million (5.1%) children and 28.8 million (14.5%) working-age adults (18 to 64) had no insurance. For those under 65, 64.3% were covered by private health insurance, including 56.5 and 6.5% with employment-based coverage and direct coverage, respectively. Two out of five children and one in five adults under the age of 65 were covered by public health coverage, primarily Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program. Variation was observed in the proportion of adults age 65 or older covered by private health insurance, Medicare Advantage, and traditional Medicare by age alone, income level, Educational Level, and race and Hispanic origin.
“Although most people under the age of 65 have it private health insurance whether through employer-sponsored group health insurance or some other source, 12.0 percent of people under the age of 65 did not have any type of health insurance at the time of the 2019 interview. “, write the authors.
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