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Almost 1 in 4 adults in the prime ages for parenthood have no health insurance.

Without health insurance, most Americans could not afford adequate health care – including life- and cost-saving preventive care. Those lacking coverage often forego necessary care until a medical crisis forces them to seek expensive and potentially risky emergency treatment. 

As part of a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, King County adults were asked about their health insurance coverage. In 2012, 16.4% of adults age 18-64 had no health insurance coverage.

  • 1 in 4 adults in the prime ages for parenthood (61% of 2012 births in King County were to women age 25-34) had no health insurance in 2012.  
  • Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s provision allowing parents to include children up to age 26 on their family’s health plan, the rate of uninsured 18-to-24-year-old adults has decreased from a peak of 26.9% in 2010 to 19.8% in 2012.
  • Males were more likely than females to lack health insurance.