TN Uninsured Level Declines to 9.2 Percent

A University of Tennessee survey of the TennCare program suggests the number of uninsured Tennesseans could be at its lowest in seven years, according to the News Sentinel.
The random phone survey of 5,000 Tennessee residents, conducted this summer by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research, estimates the percent of uninsured residents at 9.2 percent, its lowest estimate since 2005, when the rate was at 8 percent.
Most years since then, the survey has found the rate around 10 percent, though it was at 9.3 percent in 2008 and 9.5 percent in 2011.
While the uninsured rate dropped among adults, from 12 percent to 11.2, the number of uninsured children increased slightly, from 2.4 to 2.7 percent.
About 88 percent of uninsured people surveyed said the perception they cannot afford insurance is the main reason they are uninsured — the same as last year, and a gradual, slight decrease every other year since 2008. About 9 percent said they “did not get to it”; about 7 percent said they do not need insurance.

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