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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. Report | Blog post

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

 

 

Basics

Medicaid is a federal-state public insurance program that provides health coverage to nearly 65 million low-income Americans, including children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) gives states matching federal funds to provide health coverage to nearly 8 million children in families whose income is modestly above Medicaid limits, typically up to 200 percent of the poverty line. Medicare is a federal program that provides health coverage to about 47 million Americans, primarily individuals age 65 and older but also including several million younger adults with permanent disabilities. The Affordable Care Act, the health reform law passed in 2010, will help an estimated 32 million uninsured Americans obtain quality, affordable health coverage in both the private and public markets.

Policy Basics:
- Introduction to Medicaid

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