The National Center for Health Statistics has found that older Americans with private health insurance are experiencing higher rates of hypertension and diabetes. The NCHS interviewed adults 55 and older between 2004 and 2007 for the study. The NCHS conducted similar interviews between 2000 and 2003.
Of the later group, only 22.9 percent said they were in fair or poor health, down from 23.2 percent in the earlier sample. However, the fair-to-poor health self-assessment improved mainly in the 75 and older group. The number of adults 55 to 74 who reported being in fair-to-poor health remained about the same between the two surveys.