A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows an estimated 43.6 million Americans (14.8 percent of the population) had no health insurance in 2006. An estimated 54.5 million Americans (18.6 percent of the population) were uninsured at some point during 2006. The results were based on the responses of 100,000 Americans.
Approximately 9.3 percent of children under the age of 18 had no health insurance in 2006. This number continued a decreasing trend from 1997 when 13.9 percent of children under the age of 18 had no health insurance.
Texas led the nation with 23.8 percent of its residents with no health insurance. Michigan had the lowest rate at 7.7 percent.