Trends in the U.S. Uninsured Population, 2010-2020

02/11/2021

Newly released estimates from the National Health Interview Survey show that 11.1 percent of U.S. residents (or 30.0 million) under age 65 lacked health insurance as of January-June 2020. This number reflects a sharp decline in the number of uninsured Americans since 2010, before implementation of the Affordable Care Act's large coverage expansions. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act increased coverage especially for Blacks, Latinos, Asians, American Indians/Alaska Natives, families with lower incomes, and those living in states that expanded Medicaid. However, the uninsured rate rose between 2016-2019. The issue brief concludes with an overview of current efforts to expand health coverage.

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