A Million More Americans Without Health Insurance
An estimated 44.3 million people in the United States, or 16.3 percent of the population, had no health insurance in 1998 -- an increase of about 1 million people since 1997, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.
"Those more likely to lack health insurance continue to include young adults in the 18- to 24-year-old age group, people with lower levels of education, people of Hispanic origin, those who work part time and people born in another country," said Jennifer Campbell, author of "Health Insurance Coverage: 1998."
The status of children's health-care coverage did not change significantly from 1997 to 1998, with 11.1 million, or 15.4 percent, of all children under age 18 uninsured.
Other highlights from the Census Bureau report include the following:
The rise in the number of Americans without health insurance in 1998 is particularly notable because it occurred in a year when the U.S. economy was strong.
It is also notable that the status of children's health-care coverage did not change significantly despite a new law designed to provide health insurance coverage for children.
The new Census Bureau data indicate that the attempts to expand health insurance coverage on a national basis have been ineffectual.
Source: The data cited here are from the March 1999 Current Population Survey issued by the US Census Bureau of the United States Department of Commerce. The Census Bureau states that: "Statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling errors."
Last Editorial Review: 10/4/1999