August 31, 2018

CDC: Uninsured rate is holding steady, but more people are in high-deductible plans

Daily Briefing

    About 28.3 million Americans—or 8.8% of the population—were uninsured during the first three months of 2018, marking no "significant change" from the same period in 2017, according to CDC data released this week, The Hill reports.

    The latest figures are based on 2018 National Health Interview Survey responses from 19,510 U.S. adults.

    Findings

    According to CDC, the numbers suggest the uninsured population is largely unchanged from the first three months of 2017, when 29.3 million Americans, or 9.1% of the population, were uninsured.

    The data showed 19.2% of respondents had public health insurance and 70% had a private health plan. CDC estimated 178.7 million people were covered by private health insurance in the first three months of 2018, of whom 9.7 million were covered by exchange plans.

    According to the survey, 47% of individuals with private health insurance were enrolled in a high-deductible health plan during the first three months of 2018, up from 43.7% in 2017 (Herman, "Vitals," Axios, 8/28; Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/29; Hellmann, The Hill, 8/29).

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