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

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

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:

Census: SNAP Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More

SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) lifted 4 million people above the official poverty line in 2012, according to new data that the Census Bureau released today.  That’s the highest level on record (see chart).  (Census doesn’t adjust its data for population growth, but we did and confirmed that the share of the population that SNAP lifted out of poverty also stood at a record high.)

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