FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues
How many Americans lack health insurance?
In 2009, 50.0 million nonelderly Americans (or 18.9 percent) were uninsured. The number and percentage of nonelderly Americans without health insurance coverage has increased steadily from 1987 to 1998. In 1999, the number and percentage of nonelderly Americans without health insurance declined for the first time, reaching 15.6 percent in 2000. It's lowest level since 1992 when 15.7 percent were without health insurance. Beginning in 2001, both the number and percentage uninsured has increased, except for dips in 2004 and 2007.