Who are the Uninsured
Figure 1: Number of Nonelderly Uninsured Individuals 2007-2012. Unfortunately, there were 4,500,000 more individuals in the United States uninsured in 2012 versus 2007.
Figure 2: Uninsured Rates Among the Nonelderly by State, 2012. The South and the West continue to have the largest population of uninsured individuals.
More than one in six (18%) of the nonelderly population of the United States was uninsured in 2012.
The gaps in our health insurance system affect people of all ages, races and ethnicities, and income levels; however, those with the lowest income face the greatest risk of being uninsured. Minorities are much more likely to be uninsured than whites. About one-third of Hispanics and over one-fifth of black Americans are uninsured, compared to 13% of non-Hispanic whites. The majority of uninsured people (80%) are native or naturalized U.S. citizens. The uninsured population is in worse health than the privately insured population. More than seventy percent of uninsured people have gone without health coverage for more than a year.
Uninsured adults are far more likely than those with insurance to postpone or forgo health care altogether. The consequences can be severe, particularly when preventable conditions go undetected. One-quarter of adults without coverage (25%) say that they have forgone care in the past year because of its cost—compared to 4% of adults with
private coverage. In recognition of the growing need for services, federal funding for clinics has increased in recent years but still falls below need.
In 2012, 47.3 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured, a decrease of over 0.6 million uninsured people since 2011. Most people without health coverage are in working families and have low incomes. The number of uninsured individuals has increased dramatically over the past decade, largely due to the struggling economy and resulting weak job market. Health insurance makes a difference in whether and when people get necessary medical care, where they get their care, and ultimately, how healthy people are. For many uninsured people, the costs of health insurance and medical care are weighed against equally essential needs. Uninsured families are more likely than those with coverage to exhaust their savings or go into debt to pay for care. The mission of our program and social enterprise is to lessen that burden and supply the best discounts on prescription medications for those in need and help ensure a healthier America.
Figure 3: Characteristics of the Nonelderly Uninsured Population, 2012. Low income households are the most likely to be uninsured.
Figure 4: Barriers to Health Care Among Nonelderly Adults by Insurance Status, 2012. Uninsured adults are far more likely than those with insurance to postpone or forgo health care altogethe r.