A new research brief from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that the percent of non-elderly adults without health insurance has fallen from 18.8 percent to 14.4 percent between 2013 and 2014.
That’s among the findings in the brief The Uninsured in America: Estimates of the Percentage of Non-Elderly Adults Uninsured throughout Each Calendar Year, part of AHRQ’s Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. It provides annual estimates for 2009–2014 of the percentage and number of non-elderly adults ages 18-64 in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population that were uninsured for the entire calendar year.
Additional highlights from the report include:
- The uninsured rate declined between 2013 and 2014 for adults ages 18-35, 36-54 and 55-64 in both Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. In states that expanded Medicaid, the decline was larger for adults ages 18-35 than for adults ages 55-64, narrowing the percentage point difference in the uninsured rates between these two age groups in 2014.
- Uninsured rates declined between 2013 and 2014 for Hispanic, white, black and Asian non-elderly adults ages 18-64. The percentage point difference in the uninsured rates for Hispanic non-elderly adults and white non-Hispanic adults decreased between 2013 and 2014, overall and in Medicaid expansion states.