Over 46 Million Americans Don’t Have Health Insurance

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 46.3 million Americans lack health insurance, a statistic that has continued to rise over the last two decades. According to the National Health Interview Survey, the most sobering age group consisted of adults aged 18-64 — 21.3 percent, or 40.7 million individuals did not have health coverage in 2011. The results also pointed to good news in children’s coverage statistics. Only 7 percent were uninsured last year, as opposed to nearly 14 percent in 1997. This change could largely be explained by the increased government-sponsored public coverage for low-income families in recent years. —Angela Guo