Census Bureau: Uninsured rate up in 2018 as 27.5 million go without insurance


The rate of Americans without health insurance grew to 8.5 percent, or 27.5 million, in 2018, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

In 2017, the rate of Americans lacking health insurance was 7.9 percent, or 25.6 million people. The Census Bureau found from 2017-18, the percentage of people with public health insurance like Medicare and Medicaid fell 0.4 percentage points. The percentage of Americans with private health insurance didn't statistically change year over year, the bureau said. 

The declines in insurance coverage come as workers' real median earnings grew 3.4 percent year over year to $40,247. They also come as the number of Americans employed full time rose by 2.3 million from 2017-18.

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