The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an early release of its 2006 National Health Interview Survey. Findings of note from The National Center for Health Statistics’ study:

  • In 2006, there were 43.6 million uninsured Americans.
  • Since 2001 the number of uninsured Americans has fluctuated between 41 million and 43.6 million.
  • The number of uninsured kids declined over the past decade and now stands at 6.8 million (9.3% of kids under age 18) versus 9.9 million uninsured in 1997 (13.9%).
  • Nearly one-fifth of U.S. nonelderly adults are uninsured (19.8%).

SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, can be credited with the improvement for children. Genevieve Kenney and Justin Yee, in their recent overview of the SCHIP program write: “Since the enactment of SCHIP, uninsurance rates have fallen for children, while, in contrast, coverage for adults did not improve.”