NCHS Estimates Health Insurance Coverage for 2013

At time of interview, 14.5 percent uninsured; 10.8 percent uninsured for more than one year

THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the first nine months of 2013, 6.7 percent of children and 20.5 percent of adults were uninsured, according to a study published online March 27 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Michael E. Martinez, M.P.H., and Robin A. Cohen, Ph.D., from the NCHS in Hyattsville, Md. used data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey to estimate health insurance coverage for the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population. Data were obtained for January to September 2013 for 77,953 persons.

The researchers found that, at the time of interview, 14.5 percent of people (45.0 million) were uninsured, 18 percent had been uninsured for at least part of the previous year, and 10.8 percent had been uninsured for more than a year. Among children younger than 18 years, at the time of the interview, 6.7 percent were uninsured, 41.7 percent had public health plan coverage, and 52.8 percent had private health insurance coverage. The corresponding figures for those aged 18 to 64 years were 20.5, 16.5, and 64.4 percent. The percentage of children aged 0 to 17 years who were uninsured at the time of interview decreased from 13.9 percent in 1997 to 6.7 percent in 2013.

"Children aged 0 to 17 and adults aged 18 to 64 in states moving forward with Medicaid expansion were less likely to be uninsured than children and adults in states not moving forward expansion," the authors write.

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