NCHS released the latest quarter of data on health insurance coverage in the United States, documenting that 4.4 million fewer people were uninsured in the first quarter of 2022 (26.4 million) compared to the first quarter of 2021 (30.8 million).
The data come from the National Health Interview Survey’s Early Release Program, and show that overall the percentage of people who were uninsured decreased from 9.5% in the first quarter of 2021 to 8.0% in the first quarter of 2022 among people of all ages. This is the lowest recorded percentage of uninsured since the first tabulated Early Release estimates from 1997.
HISPANIC & NON-HISPANIC WHITE ADULTS DRIVE GAINS
There were some groups which contributed to this overall gain in insurance coverage. The percentage of uninsured Hispanic adults ages 18-64 decreased from 31.1% in the first quarter of 2021 to 25.7% in the first quarter of 2022. Among non-Hispanic White adults, there was also a decrease in the percentage of uninsured, from 8.7% in the first quarter of 2021 to 6.9% in the first quarter of 2022.
INCREASES IN PRIVATE COVERAGE
These same groups also experienced an increase in private health insurance coverage. The percentage of Hispanic adults with private coverage increased from 46.9% in the first quarter of 2021 to 51.7% in the first quarter of 2022. Among non-Hispanic White adults, the percentage with private coverage increased from 74.2% in the first quarter of 2021 to 77.3% in the first quarter of 2022.
In addition, the percentage of all adults in the U.S. ages 18-64 with exchange coverage increased from Q3 2020 (4.0%) to Q1 2022 (5.4%).
Mid-year data for 2022 are expected to be released this Fall.
In 2020, the age-adjusted drug overdose death rate among workers with paid, civilian usual occupations was 42.1 deaths per 100,000.
Drug overdose death rates were highest among workers in the following occupations: construction and extraction (162.6); food preparation and serving related (117.9); personal care and service (74.0); transportation and material moving (70.7); building and grounds cleaning and maintenance (70.0); and installation, maintenance, and repair (69.9).
During 2019–2020, the percentage of U.S. adults aged 18–64 years who were uninsured was 14.4%.
Among all race and Hispanic origin groups, non-Hispanic Asian adults (7.8%) were the least likely to be uninsured followed by non-Hispanic White (9.7%), non-Hispanic Black (14.6%), and Hispanic adults (30.4%).
Among the non-Hispanic Asian subgroups shown, adults of Korean (14.3%) origin were more likely to be uninsured than adults of Asian Indian (4.8%) and Chinese (6.5%) origin.
Other observed differences were not statistically significant.
Provisional data show that the predicted number of drug overdose deaths showed an increase of almost 12% from the 12 months ending in February 2021 to the 12 months ending in February 2022, from 97,109 to 108,642.
The predicted number of opioid-involved drug overdose deaths in the United States for the 12-month period ending in February 2022 (81,857) increased from 72,930 in the previous year. Recent trends may be partially due to incomplete data.
The predicted number of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (excluding methadone; T40.4), psychostimulants with abuse potential (T43.6), and cocaine (T40.5) continued to increase compared to the previous year.
In 2020, 25.3% of adults aged ≥18 years met the 2018 federal physical activity guidelines for both muscle-strengthening and aerobic physical activity.
The percentage meeting both guidelines was highest in adults living in large central metropolitan (28.0%) and large fringe metropolitan areas (27.6%), followed by those living in medium and small metropolitan areas (23.4%) and lowest in those living in nonmetropolitan areas (18.1%).
Age-adjusted death rates for motor vehicle traffic injury increased from 11.1 per 100,000 population in 2019 to 12.0 in 2020.
The rates increased from 10.3 to 11.3 for Hispanic persons, from 14.5 to 18.3 for non-Hispanic Black persons, and from 11.2 to 11.6 for non-Hispanic White persons.
The changes in rates among other groups were not statistically significant. During 2019 and 2020, the rates were highest for non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native persons (25.3 and 25.7) and lowest for non-Hispanic Asian persons (4.0 and 3.7), respectively.