Census data shows uninsured numbers growing

September 16, 2010

The Census Bureau has just released a report titled Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009 and the trend in insurance coverage shows that health care reform is more needed than ever.  While median household income didn’t change between 2008 and 2009, both the number of households considered poor, and the number of uninsured individuals, showed significant increases. One very interesting statistic: the number of people covered by Medicare in 2009 was not statistically different than the number covered by Medicare in 2008. Highlights from the section on insurance coverage:

  • The percentage of people without health insurance increased to 16.7 percent in 2009 from 15.4 percent in 2008. The number of uninsured people increased to 50.7 million in 2009 from 46.3 million in 2008.
  • The number of people covered by employment-based health insurance decreased to 169.7 million in 2009, from 176.3 million in 2008.
  • The percentage of people covered by government health insurance programs increased to 30.6 percent in 2009, from 29.0 percent in 2008.  This is the highest percentage of people covered by government health insurance programs since 1987.  However, the growth is mostly due to increases to the number of individuals with Medicaid, because:
  • The percentage and number of people covered by Medicare in 2009 (14.3 percent and 43.4 million) were not statistically different from 2008.

The report is based on March 2010 census data.

 

One Response to “Census data shows uninsured numbers growing”

  1. of course health insurance is very much essential for your own sake:’*

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