Visualization: 2021 U.S. Health Insurance Coverage
A rapid jobs recovery has U.S. health insurance coverage looking similar to what it was in 2019.
This past week the U.S. Census Bureau published 2021 data and reports on health insurance coverage.
Looking at the portion of the population that is uninsured, it is clear a rapid jobs recovery has allowed people to stay on health insurance provided through their employer.
Overall, the portion of the population that is uninsured has not changed much.
Top Line Facts - 2021
Most of the U.S. population only has one-type of insurance: through their employer (45.5 percent).
The next largest category is Medicaid-only (15.2 percent) followed by Medicare-only and direct-purchase only (each about 6 percent).
The most insured group in the U.S. are seniors (age 65 and older), only 1 percent of their age cohort is uninsured and more likely to have more than one type of insurance (Medicare plus a supplemental plan).
Among the entire population 17.2 percent are estimated to have more than one-type of insurance.
Census reports that between 2020 and 2021, “the rate of Medicaid coverage increased by only 0.9 percentage points.”
More than one-third of children under age 19 had public health coverage.
The following is a visualization of the 2021 American Community Survey (1-year estimate) — Types of Health Insurance Coverage by Age (table B27010).
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