The steady increase of uninsured persons in the United States changed direction in 2011, with an overall decline in the number of uninsured persons age 64 and under (categorized as non-elderly by the Census) according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. This trend reversal seems to be linked to coverage changes in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). While coverage for children remained stable between 2010 and 2011, it increased among non-elderly adults. Although the proportion of low-income adults increased in 2011, so did the number of insured adults.
This decline and the coverage and population factors that may have influenced it are discussed in the brief Reversing the Trend? Understanding the Recent Increase in Health Insurance Coverage among the Nonelderly Population by John Holahan and Megan McGrath of The Urban Institute. The complete paper is available at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation website.