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Uninsured and Underinsured
in the United States


About 40% of
American adults of ages 18 through 64
are either uninsured or underinsured.

MORE THAN A THIRD OF AMERICAN ADULTS!

  2003 2010
Number of Adults in millions 174 194
Number of Uninsured in millions 45.5 48.6
Number of Underinsured in millions 15.6 29
Total Uninsured plus Underinsured 61.1 77.9
Percentage of Uninsured plus Underinsured 35 % 40 %

 

27% of adults is the campaign goal based on underinsured and uninsured  
81,000,000 total uninsured and underinsured divided by 435 U.S. Congressional Districts equals an average of 186,000 per district. We need 27% of those to sign up to stand up for single-payer: 50,000 per district.
About 1 in every 3 adults aged 18 through 64 who are uninsured or underinsured.

11% of adults is the campaign goal based on total population of adults
194,000,000 total population of Americans aged 18 through 64 divided by 435 U.S. Congressional Districts equals an average of 446,000 per district. We need 11% of those to sign up to stand up for single-payer: 50,000 per district
About 1 in every 10 adults aged 18 through 64.


Reference and Definition

The Commonweath Fund, as reported in September 2011; their information referenced a Health Affairs article of September 2011 by C. Schoen, M. Doty, R. Robertson and S. Collins.

"Underinsured" is defined as insured all year, but experienced one of the following:
— medical expenses equaled 10% or more of income.
— medical expenses equaled 5% or more of income where income is low: less than 200% of the federally-defined poverty level.
— health insurance deductibles equaled 5% or more of income.

November 5, 2012: The numbers were updated based on 2012 U.S. Census Reports.

 

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