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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.