CDC Research: Geographic Variation in Health Insurance Coverage

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examines how health insurance coverage varies by age, state, region, and urbanization level. Using data from the 2022 National Health Interview Survey, researchers found that the percentage of uninsured adults aged 18-64 was about 14 percent for those living in both nonmetropolitan counties and large central metropolitan counties. Within the same age range, the percentage of adults with public insurance (i.e., Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, military plans, and other government-sponsored health plans at the state level) was highest in nonmetropolitan counties, at 30 percent. This new information corresponds with historical data showing higher rates of uninsurance in rural areas and a higher rate of enrollment in public sources of coverage.

Read the full report here.

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