Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance

Poverty Fell and Health Coverage Improved in 2013, But Economic Recovery Is Slow to Reach Many

The poverty rate dropped significantly in 2013 for the first time since 2006 and only the second time since 2000, Census data released September 16 show. Incomes were unchanged for middle-income households, and income inequality remained at or near record levels by a number of measures. Read more



Census Data Show Uninsured Rate Edged Down Slightly in 2013

The percentage of Americans without health coverage fell slightly in 2013, according to new Census data, marking the third consecutive year of decline from a recent high point in 2010. No substantial change was expected in 2013 given that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions didn’t take effect until January 2014.

An array of surveys and data — including new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — show that the number of Americans without insurance has fallen markedly in 2014 with implementation of health reform.
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Related: New CDC Figures Show Health Coverage Gains in the First Quarter of 2014







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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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