The share of Americans with health insurance just dropped for the first time since the Great Recession

Andrew Keshner
The share of Americans with health insurance just dropped for the first time since the Great Recession

The share of people with health insurance fell last year for the first time since the Great Recession, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 27.5 million Americans, or 8.5% of the population, were without health coverage at some time last year, the data showed. The overall public health-insurance coverage rate declined by 0.4% to 34.4% of the population, while private health-insurance coverage rates, typically offered through an employer, remained steady at 67.3% of the population.