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Fifteen percent of Americans lack health insurancePosted On Thu, June 17, 2010
The number of Americans without health insurance increased in 2009 from the previous year.
There were 46.3 million Americans of all ages that were uninsured last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. That number accounted for 15.4 percent of Americans, and marked an increase from the previous year's total of 43.8 million, or 14.7 percent of Americans.
The report said that of the 46.3 million without health insurance, more than 6 million were children under the age of 18. Overall, 17.5 percent of people under 65 - those who do not qualify for Medicare - and 21 percent of between 18 and 64 lacked health insurance. Nearly 30 percent of young adults, those between 18 and 24, were without health insurance.
The CDC report also said that the number of people under 65 without private insurance declined to 62.9 million in 2009. That number was 65.4 million in 2008.
According to a Reuters report, the new health insurance laws passed in March will extend health coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured by the time it's fully implemented in 2014.
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