NU Online News Service, Sept. 28, 2:45 p.m. – The number of U.S. residents without health insurance declined by 600,000 between 1999 and 2000, tp 38.7 million from 39.3 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
An estimated 14% of the population had no health insurance coverage during all of 2000, down from 14.3% in 1999.
“The number and percentage of people covered by employment-based health insurance rose significantly in 2000, driving the overall increase in health insurance coverage,” says Robert Mills, author of the bureau’s report, “Health Insurance Coverage: 2000.”
Mirroring what happened for the total population, the number of uninsured children declined to 8.5 million, from 9.1 million. About 11.6% of children under age 18 lacked coverage in 2000, down 1% from 1999.