Who are The uninsured?
  • Key Facts on Health and Care by Race, Ethnicity

    Overall, Black, Hispanic, and AIAN people fared worse compared to White people across most examined measures of health coverage and access to and use of care. Despite small gains in health coverage between 2019 and 2021, nonelderly AIAN, Hispanic, NHOPI, and Black people remained more likely to be uninsured compared to their White counterparts.
  • Medicaid Expansion and the Coverage Gap

    In the 10  states that have not adopted Medicaid Expansion, 1.9 million uninsured people are in the coverage gap. In North Carolina, an estimated 173,000 people in the coverage gap and 154,000 uninsured adults with incomes that are 100%-138% of the federal poverty level will become eligible for Medicaid when it is expanded with the passage of the state budget.
  • A Closer Look at the Remaining Uninsured Eligible for Medicaid

    Despite coverage gains during the pandemic, 27.5 million nonelderly people remained uninsured in 2021, many of who were eligible for assistance via the Marketplace, Medicaid, or CHIP but not enrolled in these programs. We examine the characteristics of this population using 2021 national survey data.
  • Key Facts About the Uninsured

    In 2021, 27.5 million nonelderly individuals were uninsured, a drop of nearly 1.5 million from 2019. We describe recent trends in health coverage, examine the characteristics of the uninsured, and summarize the access and financial implications of not having coverage, including the higher likelihood of hospitalization for avoidable health problems and declines in overall health.

The uninsured: How costs affect care and health, 2021

Latest Polling

Percent of adults who reported not having health insurance
Percent of uninsured adults who reported delaying or not getting care due to health costs
Percent of uninsured adults who worry about medical bills if they get sick or have an accident
Percent of uninsured adults who reported not having a usual place of care (vs. 7% of insured adults)

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