December 1, 2011
Source: The Kaiser Family Foundation
The number of uninsured nonelderly Americans reached over 49 million in 2010, an increase of nearly a million people since 2009. This increase continues a trend of rising uninsurance over the past decade. Among the nonelderly, rates of employer-sponsored coverage have declined from 2000 to 2010. While public coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has filled in some of the gap in coverage, rising throughout the decade, it has not offset all of the loss in private coverage. As a result, both the number and share of the population without health coverage have grown since 2000.