New HHS Report Shows Nationwide Uninsured Rate Hits All-Time Low in 2022

Secretary Becerra Says Biden-Harris Efforts to Expand Access, Lower Prices Through America’s Savings Plan and Other Actions Are Working

Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report shows that the uninsured rate has reached 8 percent in early 2022, with 5.2 million people receiving coverage as of 2020, which coincides with the start of the Biden-Harris Administration in January 2021. The report, which analyzes data from the National Health Interview Survey and The American Community Survey, shows the great impact of the efforts of the Biden-Harris Administration to increase access to health care and reduce the cost of American families through the additional parts of the Marketplace of the American Rescue Plan, continuous enrollment in Medicaid, several recent states. Medicaid expansion, and enrollment growth by the Administration in 2021 and 2022.

“We know that access to quality, affordable health care is critical to healthy lifestyles, financial security, and peace of mind,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “That’s why the Biden-Harris Administration has worked hard to expand access to health insurance and lower the cost of health insurance for American families through the American Rescue Plan and other initiatives. Our new report shows that the nation’s uninsured rate hit record lows this year – news welcome and evidence that our efforts to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act are paying off. As we move forward, the Department of Health and Human Services will continue to do everything we can to protect, expand, and strengthen programs that provide quality, affordable health care that people need Americans depend on and deserve it. And I hope that with DRM’s action we can continue the work of reducing costs for most Americans by increasing the Affordable Care Act tax dollars that have helped lower uninsured rates and reduce m Take the medicine prescribed by the doctor. for Medicare beneficiaries – reduce their cost sharing and allow Medicare to negotiate better deals on drug prices.

In a associated paper and magazine published by HHS researchers this month, Medicaid expansion was shown to improve preventive care and financial security for adults with disabilities, further evidence of how expanding coverage can improve health.

Key findings of today’s report, published by HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), include the following:

  • The uninsured rate has fallen sharply in 2021 and into early 2022, reaching a record low of 8.0 percent for US residents of all ages in the first quarter (January-March) of 2022, according to new data from the National Health Interview Survey, compared to a previous decline of 9.0 percent. percent in 2016.
  • About 5.2 million people – including 4.1 million adults between the ages of 18-64 and 1 million children between the ages of 0-17 – will receive health care as of 2020. These gains in health insurance coverage are in line with the implementation of the American Rescue Plan financial assistance. continued Medicaid enrollment, recent state Medicaid expansions, and increased enrollment by the Biden-Harris Administration in 2021-2022.
  • The uninsured rate among adults ages 18-64 dropped from 14.5 percent at the end of 2020 to 11.8 percent at the beginning of 2022. The uninsured rate among children ages 0-17, which rose in 2019 and 2020, dropped from 6.4 percent at the end of 2020 to 3.7 percent. early 2022.
  • About 5.4 percent of adults ages 18-64 reported having the Marketplace in early 2022 compared to 4.4 percent in 2020, reflecting nearly 2 million additional enrollees in the Marketplace — nearly half of the 4 million adults who received health care during that period.
  • Changes in uninsured rates from 2020 to 2022 were greatest among people with incomes below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and those with incomes between 200% and 400% FPL.
  • A state-by-state analysis using the American Community Survey shows that the biggest changes in low-income rates between 2018-2020 mostly occurred in states that recently expanded Medicaid. The most recent figures for countries beyond 2020 were not available.
  • Overall, the results show major health insurance benefits in 2021 and early 2022 linked to Biden-Harris. Administration policies to help expand health insurance coverage. This achievement adds to the significant reduction in the number of uninsured that occurred after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, which research shows has produced better health outcomes, better access to care, and improved financial security for families.

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