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To rapidly monitor recent changes in health insurance coverage, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) partnered with the Census Bureau on an experimental data system called the Household Pulse Survey. This 20-minute online survey was designed to complement the ability of the federal statistical system to rapidly respond and provide relevant information about the scope of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Data collection began on April 23, 2020 and is anticipated to continue for 90 days.

NCHS included questions to obtain information on health insurance coverage.  These questions are similar to, but not exactly the same as, questions included on the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The NHIS, conducted by NCHS, is the source for high-quality data to monitor health insurance coverage in the U.S. Estimates of health insurance coverage based on the January-June 2019 NHISpdf icon may be useful benchmarks for comparison with estimates from the Household Pulse Survey. During January-June 2019, 13.7% of adults aged 18–64 were uninsured at the time of interview, 20.4% had public coverage, and 67.7% had private health insurance coverage.

Estimates on this page are derived from the Household Pulse Survey and show the percentage of adults aged 18-64 years who were uninsured at the time of the interview or had public or private health insurance coverage.