The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that there were 2 million more uninsured Americans in 2006 over the previous year, putting estimates for uninsured, all ages, at 43.6 million. The number has been averaging between 41 and 44 million over the past 5 years.
Highlight of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics report "Early Release of Health Insurance Estimates Based on Data from the 2006 National Health Interview Survey" include:
- In 2006, there were 43.6 million Americans of all ages who did not have health insurance (at the time of the interview), or 14.8 percent of the population
- Among working-age Americans (those ages 18-64), there were 19.8 percent who did not have health insurance in 2006, a slight increase from 18.9 percent in 2005.
- Approximately 9.3 percent of children under the age of 18 did not have health insurance in 2006, a decrease from 13.9 percent in 1997
- In 2006, the percentage uninsured at the time of interview among the 20 largest states ranged from 7.7 percent in Michigan to 23.8 percent in Texas.
The study examines data from interviews collected in over 100,000 households nationwide.■