U.S. population with health insurance
In 2016, over half of the U.S. population had health insurance coverage through their place of employment, some 56 percent. Approximately 37 percent had coverage through some form of government plan in the same year. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010 in efforts to increase the quality and affordability of health care coverage in the country, while reducing the ever-increasing expenditure in health care.
The United States spent approximately nine thousand U.S. dollars per capita in 2014 while in comparison, Canadian citizens expended some 4,500 U.S. dollars per capita in the same year. Benefits and rights added by the ACA include preventing health insurance companies from dropping a patient when ill, allowing young adults remain on existing plans until the age of 26, and cutting life-time and annual limits. In 2010, 16.3 percent of the U.S. population had no health care coverage and this value decreased to under nine percent by 2016. A large portion of those without health insurance are between 19 and 25 years of age. About 15 percent of 19 to 25 year olds in the United States did not have health insurance in 2016, while the percentage was at some ten percent among all persons aged under 65 years.