Fewer Americans Avoiding Health Insurance, Survey Finds

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17th September 2014 16:56 - Financial Services

The number of Americans without health insurance has fallen, according to the National Health Interview Survey.

The study, which was conducted with 27,000 Americans, discovered that in the first quarter of 2014, 13.1% (41 million) of its respondents were not covered by health insurance - an 8% decline from the figures retrieved from the first quarter of 2013.

Children under the age of 18 (6.6%) were less likely to be without health insurance than 18 to 64-year-olds (18.4%).

Furthermore, almost one quarter (24.3%) of the study’s 18 to 64-year-old respondents admitted they had been uninsured for at least part of the year, with this figure dropping to one in 10 (10.4%) for participants under 18.

Less than one sixth (14%) of 18 to 64-year-olds said they had been uninsured for more than a year, with significantly less under-18’s (3.4%) confessing the same.

The study also highlighted that private coverage was more popular among 18 to 64-year-olds (65.6%) than under-18’s (51.7%), with public coverage showing reversed results - around two fifths (43%) of under-18’s had public coverage, compared to 17.1% of 18 to 64-year-olds.

Larry Levitt, a director at the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said: “Regardless of what you think of the [Affordable Care Act], there should be no doubt at this point that the law is increasing the number of people insured.”

He added that this survey’s findings “dramatically understate the effect” of the law.

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