AHRQ Stats: The Long-Term Uninsured
Hispanics were disproportionately represented from 2009 to 2012 among the “long-term uninsured” – those without insurance during the entire four-year period. They comprised 19 percent of the population under age 65 but accounted for 42 percent of the long-term uninsured. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #464: The Long-Term Uninsured in America, 2009-2012 (Selected Intervals): Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65.)
STATISTICAL BRIEF #464:
|Jeffrey A. Rhoades, PhD and Steven B. Cohen, PhD|
- Approximately 22.2 million people, 8.3 percent of the population under age 65, were uninsured for the four-year period from 2009 through 2012. The percentage of long-term uninsured exceeded 10 percent for adults ages 25 to 54.
- Adults ages 25 to 29 were the most likely to be uninsured for at least one month (52.2 percent) during 2011–2012. Children under age 18 were the least likely to be uninsured for the full four-year period from 2009-2012 (1.7 percent).
- Individuals reported to be in excellent health status were the least likely to be uninsured for at least one month during 2011–2012 (27.3 percent).
- Hispanics were most likely to be uninsured for at least one month during 2011–2012 (45.5 percent) and for the entire period of 2009–2012 (18.8 percent).
- Hispanics were disproportionately represented among the long-term uninsured. While they represented 18.5 percent of the population under age 65, they comprised 42.2 percent of the long-term uninsured for 2009-2012.
- Individuals who were poor, near poor, and low income were represented disproportionately among the long-term uninsured. While poor individuals represented 17.5 percent of the population under age 65, they represented 27.2 percent of those uninsured for the entire period of 2009–2012.