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There is good news and bad news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when it comes to new data on the U.S. and health insurance.
First, the good news.
The country saw a decline in the number of uninsured adults of nearly 500,000 from January through March of 2017, compared to the same time frame in 2016.
Now, the bad news.
Nearly 9% of the population are still without insurance, especially Latinos. This translates to almost 28 million people, according to a report from the CDC.
“[The drop of nearly 500,000] from the same period last year … isn’t considered a significant change,” the CDC said in the report.
Insurance & Latinos
Latinos have made great strides in recent years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with the rate of uninsured adults (18-65) dropping by 41% from 2013 through March 2017.
However, they still remain the largest uninsured racial and ethnic group in the United States.
Currently, according to CDC research, 24.1% of all Latino adults still lack health coverage.
Young people continue to be the group overall that consistently lack coverage. Of those uninsured for the first three months of 2017, 5.3% were children age 17 and younger.
The report also found that adults aged 24-34 were almost twice as likely as adults aged 45-64 to lack health insurance coverage.
The Health Care Gap for Kids
The report also cited additional facts regarding kids in the U.S.
- In the first 3 months of 2017, among children aged 0–17 years, 5.3% were uninsured, 42.3% had public coverage, and 54.1% had private health insurance coverage.
- For Latino children, aged 0-17, 54.1% (39.8 million) were covered by private health insurance in the first 3 months of 2017.
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