The ranks of the uninsured have remained steady over the past year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in early estimates from its National Health Interview Survey.
The data were collected from January 2007 through September 2007, and the analyses were based on 53,334 people in the family core component of the 1997-2007 National Health Interview Survey, which collects information on all family members in each household. During this time period, 43.7 million people or 14.7% of the population were uninsured at the time of the survey interview, not a significant change from the 2006 estimate of 43.6 million, according to the data, which were released by the CDCs National Center for Health Statistics.
There also wasnt a big change in the number of people under age 65 who were uninsured at the time of the data collection between 2006 (43.3 million) and the first nine months of 2007 (43.4 million). The number of uninsured children under 18 remained the same at 6.8 million for 2006 and for most of 2007. -- by Jennifer Lubell