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2020 NHIS: State vs National Estimates of Health Insurance CoverageFebruary 15, 2022:
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) recently released a National Health Statistics Report, which presents state-level estimates of health insurance coverage using data from the 2020 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
The report provides estimates by subcategories of state Medicaid expansion status, urbanization level, and expanded region based on data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.). However, estimates for some states were suppressed for certain types of coverage and certain age groups because the estimates did not meet NCHS’s standards for statistical reliability. As a result, data are presented for 32 states and D.C. for people under age 65, adults age 18-64, and in just 16 states for children age 0-17.
Based on these estimates, SHADAC has created an infographic that details state-level trends in public coverage, private coverage, and those without health insurance coverage for nonelderly adults age 18-64. While rates of private coverage, public coverage, and uninsurance for this age group were unchanged at the national level from 2019 to 2020 (67.5% to 67.7%, 20.4% to 20.7%, and 14.5% to 13.9%, respectively), rates at the state level varied much more widely between years.
Click on the infographic below to learn more about the state-level estimates.