The percentage of nonelderly Americans with health insurance coverage declined in 2002 to a post-1987 low of 82.7%, according to a new analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile, the number of nonelderly Americans without health insurance grew to 43.3 million in 2002, an increase of 13.3 million since 1987, according to EBRI's issue brief, based on the U.S. Census Bureau data for 2002.
The brief, released Friday, says that:
- The segment of Americans with employment-based health coverage dropped from 70.1% in 1987 to 64.2% in 2002.
- Public-sector health coverage increased to 15.9% of the nonelderly population in 2002, and remains above the pre-1990 low of 13.3%.
- Individually purchased health coverage rose slightly, from 6.6% in 2001 to 6.7% in 2002, yet remains less popular than it was in 1987.