Statistical Brief #475
Estimates of the health insurance status of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population are critical to policymakers and others concerned with access to medical care and the cost and quality of that care. Health insurance helps people get timely access to medical care and protects them against the risk of expensive and unanticipated medical events. Young adults are less likely to be covered by health insurance than their older counterparts.
Using information from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) this Statistical Brief provides estimates of uninsured rates for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population between ages 19 and 25. Variations in uninsured rates for both anytime during the year and the entire year are examined by race/ethnicity, sex, student status, and region. All differences between estimates discussed in the text are statistically significant at the 0.05 level unless otherwise noted.
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