National Trends

People under the age of 65 who had been uninsured for more than 12 months or were uninsured for any time up to 12 months previously were much more likely to have forgone needed medical care than those insured continuously for the whole 12 months.


Cost, loss of insurance lead many to forgo needed medical care

Health insurance is a major factor when people balance health care with its cost. The National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey telephoned people to ask, “During the past 12 months, was there any time when [you/someone in the family] needed medical care, but did not get it because [you/the family] couldn't afford it?” (see Figure). Results exclude those over the age of 65, who were presumed to have access to Medicare.