Percentage and rate of non-elderly people without health insurance in the U.S. in 2019, by age
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Consistent with a prior CDC analysis, an estimated 14.5 percent of non-elderly adults were uninsured in 2019.
As of 2019, nonelderly AIAN, Hispanic, NHOPI, and Black people remained more likely to lack health insurance than their White counterparts (Figure 2). The higher uninsured rates among these groups largely reflects more limited rates of private coverage among these groups.
Adults Age 26 Had Highest Uninsured Rate Among All Ages, Followed By 27-Year-Olds. Adults ages 19 to 34 had the highest uninsured rates of any age group in the United States, according to the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS).
Without health insurance coverage, a serious accident or a health issue that results in emergency care and/or an expensive treatment plan can result in poor credit or even bankruptcy.
People without insurance are also more likely to die from other acute conditions. Uninsured adults who experience a stroke, respiratory failure, hip fracture, or seizure are more likely to face poorer health outcomes and are more prone to premature death.
encouraging enrollment in marketplace coverage and Medicaid by lifting enrollment barriers, simplifying plan choices, and letting eligible people enrolled in other public programs like food assistance automatically enroll in Medicaid.
“In 2018, 8.5 percent of people, or 27.5 million, did not have health insurance at any point during the year. The uninsured rate and number of uninsured increased from 2017 (7.9 percent or 25.6 million).
Age. Three-quarters of the uninsured are adults (ages 18–64 years), while one-quarter of the uninsured are children. Compared with other age groups, young adults are the most likely to go without coverage.
The ACA is for anyone not covered by their employers, young adults, children, and individuals who make less than 138% of the poverty line.
In 2020, the poverty threshold for a family of two adults and two children was $26,246 annually. For children in poverty, the uninsured rate in 2020 was 9.3%, compared with 7.0% for those with family incomes within 100% and 399% of poverty and 2.2% for those with incomes 400% of poverty or higher (Figure 1).
If you can’t afford any health plan and don’t qualify for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), you can get low-cost health care at a nearby community health center. How much you pay depends on your income. Community health centers are located in both urban and rural areas.