In 2006, at least 43.6 million Americans, or 14% of the population, did not have health insurance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. Among working Americans aged 18-64, nearly 20% did not have health insurance in 2006, up from 18.9% in 2005. Starting at age 18, younger adults were more likely than older adults to lack health insurance, and men in most of the adult age groups were more likely than women to lack coverage. Approximately 9.3% of children under the age of 18 were uninsured in 2006, a significant decrease from nearly 14% in 1997, but an increase compared to 8.9% in 2005. The percentage of uninsured among the 20 largest states ranged from 7.7% in Michigan to 23.8% in Texas. Hispanics were most likely to be uninsured, at a rate of 32.1% in 2006, compared with 10.4% for non-Hispanic whites and nearly 16% for non-Hispanic blacks. The data were taken from the CDCs 2006 National Health Interview Survey, representing interviews in more than 100,000 households nationwide. -- by Jennifer Lubell
Uninsured population hits 43.6 million in 06: CDC
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