About 8 percent of children are uninsured, government report finds
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- In the first six months of this year, 45.4 million Americans of all ages -- or 15.1 percent of the population -- had no health insurance, according to new National Health Interview Survey statistics released Wednesday.
In addition, 58.4 million (19.4 percent) people of all ages had been uninsured for at least part of the year prior to the interview, and 31.9 million (10.6 percent) had been uninsured for more than a year at the time of interview, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
The findings are from data analyses of almost 32,700 respondents. NHIS data, collected since 1957, is widely used to monitor health trends.
Among the other results from January to June:
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has more about health insurance.
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SOURCE: Dec. 16, 2009, Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2009, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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