The U.S. Census Bureau released a report this week that shows men are less likely to have health insurance than women, and the percentage of young people who are uninsured is far greater than the national average.
According to the report, 15.7 percent of Americans, or 48.6 million, in 2012 did not have health insurance. Of the total, 25.6 million were male and 23.0 million were female.
The category with the highest percentage of uninsured was young men between 25 and 29 years old; at 33.9 percent, their percentage of uninsured was more than twice the national average. More than 25 percent of women in the same age range were uninsured. The total number of both men and women in this age group who were uninsured was 6.2 million.
In fact all age groups of adults younger than 54 had higher percentages of uninsured people than the national average, which is brought down by the fact that nearly 100 percent of adults who are 65 and older have health insurance through Medicare.
The percentages of uninsured in the following age groups (including both men and women) exceeded the national average:
• 20 to 24 years old, 6.1 million, or 27.7 percent.
• 25 to 29 years old, 6.2 million, or 29.7 percent.
• 30 to 34 years old, 5.3 million, or 26.2 percent.
• 35 to 39 years old, 4.3 million, or 22.2 percent.
• 40 to 44 years old, 4.1 million, or 19.9 percent.
• 45 to 49 years old, 4.1 million, or 18.9 percent.
• 50 to 54 years old, 3.8 million, or 16.8 percent.