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Report Identifies Characteristics of Uninsured Men

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has released a report, Characteristics of Remaining Uninsured Men and Potential Strategies to Reach and Enroll them in Health Coverage, that provides information on remaining nonelderly uninsured men ages 19-64. The report provides national estimates of their eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage options, and discusses strategies for reaching and enrolling them into health coverage. It also notes that, although the number of uninsured adults ages 19-64 declined significantly in 2014, more than 27 million nonelderly adults in the U.S. remained uninsured at the start of 2015, based on analysis of 2015 Current Population Survey data. More than half of these adults, or nearly 15 million, were nonelderly uninsured men.

Other key report findings reveal:

  • In 2014, nearly 15 million nonelderly adult men were uninsured, accounting for slightly more than half of remaining uninsured adults. Men are more likely to be uninsured than women and less likely to have Medicaid or other public coverage, reflecting the fact that many men were not eligible for Medicaid prior to the ACA, since the program excluded non-disabled adults without dependent children.
  • Nationally, an estimated 44 percent of nonelderly uninsured men are eligible for financial assistance under the ACA. In Medicaid expansion states, 55 percent of men are eligible for assistance, including 35 percent who are eligible for Medicaid.
  • Most nonelderly uninsured men are in working families but have low incomes. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of nonelderly uninsured men live in a household with at least one full-time worker, but more than half have family income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($40,320 per year for a family of three in 2016).
  • Men of color represent a disproportionate share of uninsured men. While 37 percent of all nonelderly men are men of color, men of color account for 55 percent of nonelderly uninsured men.
  • Enrolling eligible uninsured men will be key for continued coverage gains. To reach and enroll uninsured men, longstanding outreach and enrollment strategies used to connect with families will be important, as well as targeted strategies for men, including specific strategies focused on reaching low-income fathers.

The full report is available on the KFF website.