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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.


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...

Health Reform and Other Federal Policies Cut Number of Uninsured in 2011, Census Data Show

September 13, 2012

The number of uninsured Americans fell for the first time in four years, and the share of Americans without health insurance experienced the largest single-year drop since 1999, the Census Bureau announced yesterday.  The data suggest that health reform and other federal policies are a significant part of the reason.

The new Census figures show that:


Four Things to Look for in Wednesday’s Census Data on Health Insurance Coverage

September 10, 2012

The Census Bureau on Wednesday will release estimates of the number of Americans with and without health insurance coverage in 2011, based on its annual Current Population Survey.  We’ve issued a brief report on what to look for in the data.

The good news:  preliminary data from the Centers for Disease...

Despite Promises, Tax Breaks Not Expanding Health Coverage in Georgia

February 3, 2012

Georgia in 2008 enacted tax breaks to expand health coverage by encouraging people to buy high-deductible insurance plans that they could pair with a Health Savings Account (HSA).  Newt Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation designed and promoted the law, claiming that 500,000 Georgians would gain health coverage using the tax breaks.


As Job-Based Health Coverage Weakens, Public Coverage Helps Fill the Gap

September 20, 2011

As we’ve noted, Census Bureau figures released last week show that public programs like unemployment insurance kept millions of people out of poverty in 2010. They also show that public health programs like Medicaid kept millions of people from becoming uninsured in 2010, as they expanded to help offset the continuing decline in job-based coverage.