The crisis in American health care continues. Since 2018, 8.5% 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% or 25.6 million), according to the U.S. Census Bureau*.
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The percentage of people with health insurance coverage for all or part of 2018 was 91.5%, lower than the rate in 2017 (92.1%). Between 2017 and 2018, the percentage of people with public coverage decreased 0.4% points, and the percentage of people with private coverage did not statistically change.
In 2018, private health insurance coverage continued to be more prevalent than public coverage, covering 67.3% of the population and 34.4% of the population, respectively. Of the subtypes of health insurance coverage, employer-based insurance remained the most common, covering 55.1% of the population for all or part of the calendar year.
Between 2017 and 2018, the percentage of people covered by Medicaid decreased by 0.7% points to 17.9%. The rate of Medicare coverage increased by 0.4% points. The percentage of people with employment-based coverage, direct-purchase coverage, TRICARE, and VA or CHAMPVA health care did not statistically change between 2017 and 2018.
The percentage of uninsured children under the age of 19 increased by 0.6% points between 2017 and 2018, to 5.5%. Between 2017 and 2018, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage at the time of interview decreased in three states and increased in eight states.
*Edward R. Berchick, Jessica C. Barnett, and Rachel D. Upton Current Population Reports, P60-267, Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2018