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What to Know About Next Week’s Health Coverage Data

September 11, 2014

The Census Bureau will release estimates Tuesday of the number and share of Americans without health coverage in 2013, based on its annual Current Population Survey (CPS).  While the CPS is the most widely used source of health coverage information, significant changes in its health coverage questions instituted for 2013 — the result of a multi-year Census initiative to improve the reliability...

GAO Medicaid Data Show Per Capita Caps Would Lead to Disparate, Harmful Funding Cuts

July 30, 2014

We’ve previously warned that proposals to change the formula for federal Medicaid funding for states to a fixed dollar amount per Medicaid beneficiary — known as a “per capita cap” — would mean cuts in federal funding for all states.  The change would hit some states particularly hard due to substantial differences in per-...

Expanding Health Coverage Provides Financial Protection Too, Study Shows

February 25, 2014

The comprehensive health reform that Massachusetts enacted in 2006 improved residents’ financial well-being, likely by protecting them from high out-of-pocket medical costs (among other things), according to recent research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  Combined with previous...

CHIP’s Start: Lessons for Early Enrollment Under Health Reform

November 12, 2013

The Administration is expected to issue estimates this week of enrollment since October 1 in health reform’s Medicaid expansion and its new health insurance marketplaces — and some media have already...

Medicaid Coverage Doesn’t Discourage Employment, New Study Shows

October 28, 2013

A new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) report refutes the claim by some opponents of health reform’s Medicaid expansion that enrolling in Medicaid discourages people from working.

The report strengthens the...

New Census Bureau Data Show More Young Adults Have Health Insurance Coverage Due to Health Reform

September 20, 2013

The Census Bureau released its annual American Community Survey (ACS) this week, confirming that more young adults were insured in 2012.  (Earlier in the week, Census released its more well-known Current Population Survey (CPS), which...

Where Is Health Reform in the New Census Bureau Health Data?

September 17, 2013

Today’s Census Bureau health insurance coverage data do not reveal much about the impact of health reform.  That’s because the Census data reflect the number of people with and without health insurance coverage in 2012, but health reform’s major coverage expansion provisions will not take effect until 2014.  But, anyone examining the Census data should keep the following in mind: ...

Continued Progress Insuring Americans — Notably Children — in 2012, Census Data Show

September 17, 2013

The share of Americans without health insurance fell for a second straight year, the Census Bureau announced today.  The data suggest that gains in children’s coverage and private coverage among the non-elderly, as well as greater enrollment in Medicare, are the key contributors.

The new Census figures show:

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Four Things to Look for in Tomorrow’s Health Coverage Data

September 16, 2013

The Census Bureau’s estimates of the number of Americans with and without health insurance in 2012 don’t come out until tomorrow, but other data and historical trends provide clues to what they will show, our report explains.  Here are four things to look for.

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Uninsured Rate Fell in 20 States Last Year

September 21, 2012

The share of residents without health coverage fell in 20 states last year, Census data released yesterday show, while rising in just one.  As our analysis (with state-by-state data) explains, the improvements mostly reflect greater private coverage among young adults — helped by a health reform provision allowing them to stay...

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