- In 2020, there were an estimated 31.2 million Americans under the age of 65 who did not have health insurance.
- Nearly 96% of adults over the age of 65 had public health insurance coverage, which includes Medicare, government-sponsored health plans, or military plans.
- In 2020, more men were uninsured than women (15% vs 13.5%), and unemployed people were more likely to not have health insurance than people who were employed (36.5% vs 19.7%).
- Among adults aged 18-64 who did not have health insurance in 2019, more than 70% said that the reason for not having health insurance was because they did not think it was affordable.
Why is Insurance Status Important?
The percentage of individuals in the United States who do not have health insurance has decreased from approximately 14.9% in 2012 to 8.7% in 2020. Not having health insurance may lead to not receiving preventive health screenings. Health screenings are important to receive timely disease diagnoses and may help to avoid poorer health outcomes. In 2019, the most commonly stated reasons for not having health insurance was because health insurance coverage was not affordable, being ineligible for health insurance, and that health insurance was not needed or wanted.
Health Insurance Status in Our Community:
Darker colors on the maps indicate a higher percentage of adults who do not have health insurance.
In general, there was a higher percentage of uninsured individuals in south Texas. The estimated percentage of adults between 18 and 64 years old in Taylor County who did not have health insurance increased from 24.3% in 2018 to 27.7% in 2019. Within Taylor County, the zip code with the highest percentage of uninsured adults between the ages of 18 and 64 was 79603. Approximately 1 out of every 3 adults in this age group did not have health insurance. The zip code with the lowest percentage of uninsured adults, meaning most adults reported having health insurance, was 79541. In this zip code, 15.3% of adults said that they did not have health insurance in 2019.
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- Cohen RA, Terlizzi EP, Cha, AE, Martinez ME. Health insurance coverage: early release of estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2020. National Center for Health Statistics. August 2021. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:108816.
- Cha AE, Cohen RA. Reasons for being uninsured among adults aged 18-64 in the United States, 2019. NCHS Data Brief, no 382. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. September 2020. Available from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db382.htm
- CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. PLACES: County Data (GIS Friendly), 2021 release. https://chronicdata.cdc.gov/500-Cities-Places/PLACES-County-Data-GIS-Friendly-Format-2021-releas/i46a-9kgh
- CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. PLACES: County Data (GIS Friendly), 2020 release. https://chronicdata.cdc.gov/500-Cities-Places/PLACES-County-Data-GIS-Friendly-Format-2020-releas/mssc-ksj7
- CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. PLACES: ZCTA Data (GIS Friendly), 2021 release. https://chronicdata.cdc.gov/500-Cities-Places/PLACES-ZCTA-Data-GIS-Friendly-Format-2021-release/kee5-23sr
- United States Census Bureau. American Community Survey, 5-year Estimates Subject Tables. Table S2701. 2012-2020. Available from https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=United%20States&t=Health%20Insurance&g=0400000US48_0500000US48441&tid=ACSST5Y2020.S2701