Private Insurance Health Coverage

Private Insurance Health Coverage
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How many Americans have private health insurance?

Private health insurance is paid for by the person covered. It differs from public coverage, which is provided by the government. Over two thirds of Americans had some form of private health insurance in 2018. The most common form of private insurance is employer-based, in which an employer purchases coverage and shares the costs with employees. People can also obtain direct-purchase coverage on their own. Tricare is a type of private insurance available to the military.

Many people with private health insurance also have some form of public coverage. Only about 54% of Americans had coverage solely through a private insurance provider. People may also have multiple types of private health insurance. 

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About the Data

Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates, Table S2703.

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