Uninsured in America Estimates

MEPS Statistical Brief No. 447

The Uninsured in America: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, a statistical brief from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, provides descriptive statistics on the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population under age 65 that was uninsured throughout the first part of 2013. 

Nearly all persons (98.8 percent) age 65 and older in the United States had some type of public or private health insurance coverage, but a notable percentage of people under age 65 did not. The data shows that health insurance status varies by demographic characteristics such as age, race and ethnicity, sex, marital status, and Census region.

Highlights

  • During the first part of 2013, 21.1 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population under age 65 was uninsured.
  • More than one-third of adults ages 19–29 lacked health insurance in the first part of 2013.
  • Hispanics accounted for 18.7 percent of the nonelderly population, but 31.8 percent of the nonelderly uninsured in the first part of 2013.
  • People living in the South accounted for 37.3 percent of the nonelderly population, but 43.7 percent of the nonelderly uninsured in the first part of 2013.

Select to access The Uninsured in America: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population.

Current as of August 2014
Internet Citation: Uninsured in America Estimates: MEPS Statistical Brief No. 447. August 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/meps1.html