Sunday, February 24, 2013

Long-term Uninsured

Many Americans have not had health insurance for a long time. Among people under age 65, 1 in 12 was without health insurance for the four-year period from 2007 through 2010, according to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

Overall, 8 percent of people under age 65 are long-term uninsured--meaning they have gone at least four years without health insurance. Hispanics are a large share of this group. Although Hispanics account for only 18 percent of the population under age 65, they are 40 percent of the long-term uninsured.

Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, The Long-Term Uninsured in America, 2007-2010 (Selected Intervals): Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65

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