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Health Care
Uninsured Rate
Definition

Percentage of the non-elderly population (under 65) without health insurance, 2014.

Description

Health insurance provides important protection for a household’s assets by reducing expenses incurred from a medical emergency or the treatment of a chronic illness that might otherwise require a family to spend down long-term savings, sell off assets or go into debt. In addition, because health insurance coverage encourages people to seek preventative care and treatment for injuries and illnesses, it minimizes the impact a major injury or illness would otherwise have on an individual’s ability to earn income. The uninsured are often one serious illness or accident away from financial insecurity.

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly reduced the uninsured rate, millions of Americans still lack coverage, including the low-income individuals who fall into the coverage gap as a result of some states' decisions not to expand Medicaid under ACA.

13.5% of people in United States are uninsured

Uninsured Rate, 2014

StateUninsured Rate (%)Rank
United States 13.5%
Alabama 14.2% 37
Alaska 18.8% 49
Arizona 16.0% 41
Arkansas 13.9% 34
California 14.0% 35
Colorado 11.6% 25
Connecticut 8.0% 7
Delaware 9.2% 12
District of Columbia 5.8% 2
Florida 20.1% 50
Georgia 17.9% 48
Hawaii 6.1% 4
Idaho 15.7% 39
Illinois 11.1% 21
Indiana 13.8% 32
Iowa 7.2% 6
Kansas 11.8% 26
Kentucky 9.8% 14
Louisiana 17.0% 45
Maine 12.3% 27
Maryland 8.9% 10
Massachusetts 3.8% 1
Michigan 10.0% 16
Minnesota 6.8% 5
Mississippi 16.8% 42
Missouri 13.7% 30
Montana 16.9% 44
Nebraska 11.2% 22
Nevada 17.4% 46
New Hampshire 10.8% 20
New Jersey 12.6% 29
New Mexico 16.8% 43
New York 10.0% 15
North Carolina 15.2% 38
North Dakota 9.0% 11
Ohio 9.8% 13
Oklahoma 17.8% 47
Oregon 11.5% 24
Pennsylvania 10.0% 17
Rhode Island 8.7% 9
South Carolina 16.0% 40
South Dakota 11.4% 23
Tennessee 14.1% 36
Texas 21.3% 51
Utah 13.8% 33
Vermont 5.9% 3
Virginia 12.5% 28
Washington 10.6% 19
West Virginia 10.4% 18
Wisconsin 8.6% 8
Wyoming 13.7% 31

Change in Uninsured Rate

Uninsured Rate (%)
State20072008200920102011201220132014
United States 17.2% 17.0% 17.2% 17.7% 17.3% 16.9% 16.7% 13.5%
Alabama 15.4% 16.1% 15.9% 16.8% 16.5% 15.5% 15.8% 14.2%
Alaska 18.9% 21.4% 22.8% 21.3% 21.7% 22.3% 20.3% 18.8%
Arizona 21.8% 21.2% 19.8% 19.4% 19.9% 20.4% 20.1% 16.0%
Arkansas 19.9% 20.8% 19.7% 20.3% 19.9% 19.2% 18.8% 13.9%
California 20.4% 19.7% 20.1% 20.7% 20.2% 20.1% 19.4% 14.0%
Colorado 18.5% 19.0% 17.5% 17.8% 16.9% 16.6% 16.0% 11.6%
Connecticut 10.7% 10.2% 10.1% 10.4% 10.1% 10.5% 10.9% 8.0%
Delaware 13.4% 11.8% 11.8% 11.3% 10.9% 10.3% 10.6% 9.2%
District of Columbia 11.6% 8.7% 7.8% 8.4% 7.7% 6.6% 7.4% 5.8%
Florida 24.4% 24.8% 24.9% 25.4% 25.0% 24.2% 24.2% 20.1%
Georgia 19.3% 20.7% 21.2% 21.9% 21.8% 20.7% 21.2% 17.9%
Hawaii 9.5% 7.8% 8.0% 9.0% 8.2% 8.0% 7.8% 6.1%
Idaho 16.7% 20.0% 19.6% 20.2% 18.9% 18.6% 18.6% 15.7%
Illinois 15.2% 14.2% 15.0% 15.5% 14.8% 14.5% 14.5% 11.1%
Indiana 13.0% 15.7% 16.2% 16.9% 16.5% 16.4% 16.1% 13.8%
Iowa 11.4% 10.5% 10.0% 10.8% 10.4% 9.8% 9.5% 7.2%
Kansas 14.2% 13.8% 14.9% 15.9% 14.3% 14.4% 14.2% 11.8%
Kentucky 16.4% 16.1% 16.6% 17.5% 16.6% 16.1% 16.6% 9.8%
Louisiana 23.1% 20.0% 19.6% 20.2% 19.9% 19.3% 18.9% 17.0%
Maine 10.6% 12.7% 12.4% 12.0% 12.7% 12.3% 13.5% 12.3%
Maryland 15.5% 12.3% 12.5% 12.6% 11.7% 11.7% 11.5% 8.9%
Massachusetts 8.9% 4.6% 4.8% 5.0% 4.9% 4.4% 4.3% 3.8%
Michigan 12.4% 13.1% 14.0% 14.3% 13.6% 13.3% 12.8% 10.0%
Minnesota 9.9% 9.8% 10.3% 10.3% 10.1% 9.1% 9.4% 6.8%
Mississippi 22.1% 20.2% 20.3% 20.8% 20.3% 19.6% 19.8% 16.8%
Missouri 14.8% 14.9% 15.1% 15.2% 15.8% 15.8% 15.2% 13.7%
Montana 18.7% 21.2% 21.1% 20.2% 21.3% 21.3% 19.5% 16.9%
Nebraska 14.4% 12.7% 13.6% 13.2% 13.1% 12.9% 13.0% 11.2%
Nevada 20.7% 23.8% 24.5% 25.4% 24.7% 25.2% 23.6% 17.4%
New Hampshire 12.4% 12.2% 11.7% 12.8% 12.1% 12.3% 12.6% 10.8%
New Jersey 17.6% 13.9% 14.3% 15.0% 14.8% 14.5% 15.1% 12.6%
New Mexico 25.7% 24.2% 22.5% 22.4% 22.7% 21.2% 21.6% 16.8%
New York 15.4% 13.3% 12.9% 13.5% 13.0% 12.5% 12.3% 10.0%
North Carolina 19.5% 18.0% 18.3% 19.1% 18.7% 19.1% 18.1% 15.2%
North Dakota 12.7% 12.1% 11.2% 11.3% 11.3% 11.6% 12.0% 9.0%
Ohio 12.4% 13.4% 14.0% 14.2% 13.8% 13.3% 12.9% 9.8%
Oklahoma 21.2% 22.3% 21.5% 21.7% 21.5% 21.2% 20.4% 17.8%
Oregon 19.7% 18.7% 19.5% 19.8% 18.2% 17.4% 17.2% 11.5%
Pennsylvania 11.3% 10.9% 11.5% 11.9% 11.8% 11.5% 11.5% 10.0%
Rhode Island 11.0% 12.0% 13.0% 14.0% 12.5% 12.9% 13.6% 8.7%
South Carolina 18.5% 19.9% 19.4% 20.2% 19.4% 19.6% 18.5% 16.0%
South Dakota 12.8% 13.5% 15.1% 14.4% 13.8% 13.3% 13.1% 11.4%
Tennessee 16.2% 15.5% 16.3% 16.5% 16.9% 16.1% 16.1% 14.1%
Texas 27.5% 26.5% 26.3% 26.2% 25.4% 25.0% 24.6% 21.3%
Utah 16.3% 16.9% 15.9% 16.8% 16.7% 15.9% 15.4% 13.8%
Vermont 12.3% 10.4% 10.0% 9.4% 7.7% 7.6% 8.6% 5.9%
Virginia 15.8% 13.4% 13.4% 14.7% 14.1% 14.3% 14.0% 12.5%
Washington 13.0% 14.7% 15.1% 16.1% 16.1% 15.9% 16.1% 10.6%
West Virginia 15.9% 18.6% 16.7% 17.3% 17.7% 17.2% 16.8% 10.4%
Wisconsin 9.6% 10.4% 10.7% 10.8% 10.3% 10.4% 10.6% 8.6%
Wyoming 16.2% 15.7% 17.2% 16.9% 17.5% 17.5% 15.4% 13.7%

Definition

Percentage of the non-elderly population (under 65) without health insurance, 2014.

Source

2014 American Community Survey. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2015.

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