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Is the South Carolina 2019 Uninsurance Rate Falling Or Increasing?

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show the uninsurance rate among non-elderly South Carolinians (0 to 64 years) fell from 19.6% in 2012 to 12.6% in 2019. More recent evidence, however, suggests uninsurance rates are on the rise. Nationwide, the percentage of adults without health insurance increased from 10.9% in 2016 to 11.5% in 2019, with 2019 being the last pre-pandemic measurement of uninsurance.

A February 2021 report (Finegold et al., 2021) reports uninsurance rates were expected to rise. Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and other groups suggest that the shift in coverage during 2020 was smaller than initially expected. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the number of uninsured individuals increased from 30.5 million in 2019 to 31 or 32 million by the end of 2020 (Congressional Budget Office, September 2020).

Further, the U.S. Census Bureau’s experimental COVID-19 Census Household PULSE Survey data on health insurance showed a 22% relative decrease in the number of participants being uninsured between April 2020 and January 2021.An updated infographic on the uninsured will be made available as data are released. The updated infographic will capture changes in the decline of pandemic effects on employment and increased access to health insurance.

Click below for an infographic (pdf) that depicts the last pre-pandemic survey information about South Carolina’s Total Uninsured in 2019.

Click for a pdf of the SC Uninsured infographic