Number Of Uninsured Decreases Slightly In 2012: Census Bureau

In 2012, the percentage of individuals without health insurance decreased to 15.4 percent from 15.7 percent in 2011, according to recent research from the Census Bureau. The report, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, noted however, that the number of uninsured in 2012 was not statistically different from 2011, at 48.0 million.

The Census Bureau found that the number of individuals with health insurance increased to 263.2 million (84.6 percent) in 2012 from 260.2 million in 2011 (84.3 percent). The report calculates individuals with private health insurance (including employer-sponsored health insurance), and those with government health insurance. In 2012, 63.9 percent of individuals had private health insurance, and 54.9 percent had employment-based health insurance. According to the report, both of these percentages were not statistically significantly different from 2011. The percentage of individuals covered by government health insurance increased 32.6 percent in 2012, up from 32.2.

The report also found the following:

• The percent of children younger than 18 without health insurance declined to 8.9 percent (6.6 million) in 2012 from 9.4 percent (7.0 million) in 2011.

• The uninsured rate for children in poverty (12.9 percent) was higher than the rate for children not in poverty (7.7 percent).

• In 2012, the uninsured rates decreased as household income increased from 24.9 percent for those in households with annual income less than $25,000 to 7.9 percent in households with income of $75,000 or more.

• The uninsured rate for Asians and Hispanics declined between 2011 and 2012. In addition, for non-Hispanic whites and blacks, the number and percent of uninsured in 2012 were not statistically different from 2011.

• The Northeast had the lowest uninsured rate in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, the uninsured rate decreased for the Midwest and the West, while there were no statistically significant differences for the remaining two regions.

The data were compiled from information collected in the 2013 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). For more information, visit http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb13-165.html.

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