The number of uninsured Americans was up even before the pandemic

Nearly 30 million people in the US were uninsured at some point in 2019, the highest number since 2015. In total, 9.2% of the population didn’t have health insurance when interviewed for a US Census Bureau report last year.

The proportion of uninsured Americans has been steadily growing over the past few years, a trend that is likely to accelerate as the pandemic’s record unemployment causes many to lose their employer-sponsored health benefits.

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