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The number of uninsured Americans holds steady under Trump

Data: CDC; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Overall, the number of Americans who don’t have health insurance is holding pretty steady under President Trump. The uninsured rate stood at 12.5% in the first half of this year, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The big picture: Most of those people should be eligible for Medicaid if their states expanded, or for heavily subsidized ACA coverage. That’s in line with where it’s been since the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion began in 2014.

Although coverage has expanded significantly across the board, the CDC’s report offers a good snapshot of who’s still uninsured.

By the numbers: Being uninsured is often temporary. About 17% of people said they had been without coverage for part of the year, compared with 7% who had been uninsured for over a year.

  • A quarter of the people who were uninsured at the time the CDC interviewed them were Hispanic; 14% were black, 9% were Asian and 7% were white.
  • People between the ages of 18 and 24 were more likely to be uninsured than older or younger adults.
  • Unsurprisingly, poor people still lack health care coverage — 25% of uninsured adults in the CDC’s survey had incomes at or below the poverty line.
  • Another 25% were “near poor," meaning their household income was less than roughly $25,000 for an individual, or $50,000 for a family of 4.
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