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Latest CDC data shows 50 million adults uninsured in 2010 Posted: November 15th, 2010

By Maryalene LaPonsie

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of uninsured adults in the United States climbed by 4 million from 2008 to the first quarter of 2010.

The center's National Health Interview Survey found that 49.9 million Americans age 18-64 were without insurance for part of 2010. The number of those who are chronically uninsured, meaning they have been without medical coverage for more than 12 months, increased from 27.5 million in 2008 to 30.4 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Representatives for the CDC say the data supports the need for comprehensive health care reform. Of those without insurance coverage, half had incomes above the poverty level. In addition, of those ages 18-64 making middle-class incomes of $44,000-$65,000, one in three were without insurance at some point during the year. Two in five of the uninsured have chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma.

The report also found that the number of individuals relying on public health insurance options has increased. Private health plan coverage for adults ages 18-64 decreased by 9 percent while public health insurance coverage increased by 5 percent.

Overall, the uninsurance rate for adults from 18-64 years of age was 22 percent. Among children, the uninsurnance rate stands at 7 percent.