May 13, 2019

CDC: No significant change in 2018 uninsured rate

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on May 9 released a National Health Interview Survey that found an estimated 9.4% of US residents (30.4 million people) lacked health insurance in 2018, which is not significantly different than in 2017, but it is 18.2 million fewer than in 2010.

In adults aged 18 to 64, 13.3% were uninsured at the time of the survey, 19.4% had public coverage, and 68.9% had private health insurance.

Adults under age 65 also were more likely to be uninsured in states with a federally-facilitated marketplace (16.4%) than in those with a state-based or partnership marketplace (9.5%).

Those with private health insurance who were enrolled in an a high-deductible plan increased from 43.7% in 2017 to 45.8% in 2018.

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