Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance

Greenstein on New Census Data on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Health Insurance

The new Census data provide fresh evidence that the economy strengthened in 2013, but too slowly to improve the living standards of many middle- and low-income Americans. Read more

Related: Families With Children Gained in 2013, But Poverty Still Higher and Incomes Lower Than Pre-Recession


Special from the Washington Post
Bernstein: By Year Four, Economic Recovery Finally Catches Up to Poverty Rate — But Not to Median Household Income

Poverty fell in 2013 for the first time in years, driven by the first decline in child poverty since 2000. Overall, poverty fell by half a percentage point, from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent last year, its lowest level since 2009. Child poverty fell by almost two percentage points, from 21.8 percent to 19.9 percent, the largest one-year decline since 1966.

However, other findings from the Census report were less positive. Read more


New CDC Figures Show Health Coverage Gains in the First Quarter of 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued preliminary data showing that the ranks of the uninsured fell in the first quarter of 2014 by 3.8 million people. 

The CDC data provide the first government survey data showing the early impacts of health reform’s major coverage expansions, which took effect in January 2014, in reducing the ranks of the uninsured. Read more


Census Data Show Uninsured Rate Fell Slightly in 2013, Continuing Earlier Progress

Some 14.5 percent of Americans were uninsured in 2013, Census figures based on the American Community Survey (ACS) show, a slight but statistically significant reduction from 2012’s 14.8 percent and well below the recent high of 15.5 percent in 2010. Read more

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Health Reform and Jobs

Census Report Shows Rise in Full-Time Work

The share of workers with full-time, full-year work rose in 2013, while the share with part-time, part-year work fell, according to new Census data.

This finding further undercuts assertions that health reform is causing a large increase in part-time employment — as proponents of a House measure to change health reform’s rules on covering full-time workers claim. Read more


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