45.5 Million Americans Without Health Insurance in 2012

45.5 million Americans (14.7%) had no health insurance in 2012, according to a report by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

In Arizona, 20% of residents had no health insurance in 2012, according to the CDC survey.

A California Healthline story summarized the CDC survey results:

The survey revealed a three-percentage-point decline from 2011 to 2012 in the number of young adults who went without coverage for at least part of the prior year, from about 36% to 33%. There was no difference in the percentage of uninsured in 2012 among other age groups, according to the findings (Modern Healthcare, 6/19).

The survey also analyzed the 2012 rates of uninsured by demographic groups:

  • Men were more likely than women to be uninsured;
  • Adults without a high school diploma or a job were more likely to be uninsured;
  • More than 40% of low-income individuals were uninsured;
  • 11% of whites were uninsured;
  • About 15% of Asians were uninsured;
  • More than 16% of blacks were uninsured; and
  • 29% of Latinos were uninsured (“On Central,” KPCC, 6/19).

The survey showed that 45.5 million U.S. residents — or 14.7% of the population — were uninsured at the time they were interviewed, including about 26.4% of adults and 6.6% of children under age 18.

In addition, the survey showed that Massachusetts had the lowest uninsured rate in 2012, at 4.8%, while Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas tied for the highest, at 20.9% (Modern Healthcare, 6/19).


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