Health Insurance Coverage Trends 2023: Key Insights from National Health Interview Survey (National Center for Health Statistics)

Health Insurance Coverage Trends 2023: Key Insights from National Health Interview Survey

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 Insurance Industry Legislation & Regulation Life & Health Risk Management

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Early Release Program for 2023 provides updated estimates on health insurance coverage in the U.S. In 2023, 7.6% of people were uninsured, a decrease from 8.4% in 2022. Among adults aged 18-64, the uninsured rate dropped to 10.9% from 12.2% the previous year. Public health insurance coverage among this group increased to 23.0%, while private coverage remained stable at 68.1%.

For children aged 0-17, the uninsured rate slightly decreased to 3.9%. Public coverage for children rose to 44.2%, and private coverage remained nearly unchanged at 54.0%. The data highlights disparities based on income levels, with the uninsured rates significantly higher among adults with lower family incomes. Among adults with incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL), the uninsured rate was 20.2%, compared to 4.3% for those with incomes above 400% FPL.

State Medicaid expansion status also played a crucial role. Adults in Medicaid expansion states had lower uninsured rates (8.3%) compared to those in non-expansion states (16.8%). These findings underscore the importance of public health initiatives and Medicaid expansion in reducing the uninsured population and increasing access to healthcare.

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