Percentage of uninsured declined in 2016

The percentage of individuals without health insurance coverage for the entire 2016 calendar year declined from 9.1 percent in 2015 to 8.8 percent in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey, Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016, noted that the number of people without health insurance declined to 28.1 million from 29.0 million over the period.
The survey found the following:

  • In 2016, private health insurance coverage continued to be more prevalent than government coverage, at 67.5 percent and 37.3 percent, respectively. Of the subtypes of health insurance coverage, employer-based insurance covered 55.7 percent of the population for some or all of the calendar year, followed by Medicaid (19.4 percent), Medicare (16.7 percent), direct-purchase (16.2 percent), and military coverage (4.6 percent).
  • The percentage of uninsured children under age 19 (5.4 percent) did not significantly change between 2015 and 2016.
  • In 2016, the uninsured rate for children under age 19 in poverty (7.0 percent) was higher than the uninsured rate for children not in poverty (5.0 percent).
  • In 2016, non-Hispanic Whites had the lowest uninsured rate among race and Hispanic origin groups, at 6.3 percent. The uninsured rates for Blacks and Asians were higher than for non-Hispanic Whites, at 10.5 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively. Hispanics had the highest uninsured rate, at 16.0 percent.

SOURCE: Census Bureau report, Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016, September 12, 2017.
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