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CDC: Uninsured Rolls Keep Growing

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2010

The percentage of people under age 65 who had no insurance at the time of the interview in the first three months of 2010 increased slightly for all economic groups, from 17.4% to 17.5% but for those between the ages of 18 and 64, the percentage of uninsured went from 18.9% to 21.5% in that 14-year period.  For those under 18 years, however, the situation over the last decade has improved considerably, from 13.9% uninsured in 1997 to 7.4% in 2010.

The figures are for the civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population, based on phone interviews with 23,825 people, but is extrapolated to the general population.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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