U.S. Census Finds 16.3% of Americans Uninsured

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media , September 14, 2011

The Affordable Care Act, which requires health plans to allow adult dependents up to age 26 to remain on their parent's health insurance policies, may have contributed to a 2% decline in the number of uninsured 18 to 24 year olds.

The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services were quick to tout that statistic in this blog: "The report showed that the percentage of young adults with insurance increased from 70.7% in 2009 to 72.8% in 2010. That translates into 500,000 more young people with insurance. We expect even more will gain coverage in 2011 when the policy is fully phased in."

As might be expected, household income influenced the uninsured rate with incomes of less than $25,000 accounting for highest rate of uninsured ?? 27% while households with more than $75,000 in income accounting for only 8% of the uninsured.

Other Census Bureau findings on the uninsured in 2010:

  • Some 14.3 million or 15% of full-time employees were uninsured.
  • Some 13.7 million or 28.5% of part-time employees were uninsured.
  • Asians account for 2.6 million or 18.1% of the uninsured
  • Non-Hispanic whites account for 23.1 million or 11.7% of the uninsured.
  • Blacks account for 8.1 million or 20.8% of the uninsured.
  • Hispanics account for 15.3 million or 30.7% of the uninsured.

The 2010 numbers for blacks, Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites were statistically unchanged from 2009. The uninsured rate for Asians increased from 16.5% (2.3 million) in 2009.


Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.




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