Statistical Brief #476
Health insurance helps people get timely access to medical care and protects them against the risk of expensive and unanticipated medical events. 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. The uninsured population is dynamic, with a substantial number of people gaining and losing coverage in any given year, thus, the importance of considering the duration of uninsurance.
Using information from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC), this Statistical Brief provides estimates of the uninsured for varying periods of time for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population under age 65 in 2013. All differences between estimates discussed in the text are statistically significant at the 0.05 level unless otherwise noted
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