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In 2012, 1 in 6 King County adults had no health insurance coverage.

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, 1 in 6 King County non-elderly adults did not have health insurance. This represents about 220,500 King County adults between the ages of 18 and 64 years.

  • King County’s 16.4% uninsurance rate compares favorably with 2012 state and national rates of uninsured adults (age 18-64):
    • 19.6% of Washington State adults were uninsured
    • 20.6% of US adults were uninsured
  • The percent of adults without health insurance in King County was significantly higher in 2012 than in 2008, the first year this survey collected health insurance information. Between 2010 and 2012, the percent uninsured did not change.
  • For children younger than 18, the percentage without health insurance in King County declined significantly between 2008 and 2012. About 21,000 King County children were uninsured in 2012.