New Census Data Show Insurance Coverage Expands In 20 States

1900 census - John Lindstrom (small)

1900 census – John Lindstrom (small) (Photo credit: Birdie Holsclaw)

Topics: Health Costs, Insurance, Marketplace, Health Reform, States, Uninsured

Sep 20, 2012

Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont saw the biggest expansions, while Missouri and Montana saw declines in coverage. The biggest increases occurred among young adults between the ages of 19 and 25.

NPR’s The Two-Way: Census: In 2011, Number Of Poor Americans Increased
Young Americans are one of the first to feel the effects of the Affordable Care Act. … According to the Census, once young Americans aged 19 to 25 could be added to their parents’ plans, there was a 3.5 percent increase in the number insured. The Census compared that number to to those aged 26 to 29, who saw a decline of almost 1 percent in the number of those insured during the same period (Peralta, 9/20).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Insurance Coverage Improves In 20 States, Census Shows
The percentage of people without health insurance fell in 20 states last year with Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont seeing the biggest declines, according to an analysis of data released Thursday by the Census Bureau (Galewitz, 9/20).

Politico Pro: Census Details Youth, Insurance Trends
Young adults in Vermont saw the biggest increase in private health insurance coverage from 2009 to 2011 — 10.5 percent — while 13 states saw no gains at all, according to a Census Bureau report released Thursday. Drawing on the bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey — an annual demographic assessment of the United States — the report takes a state-by-state look at the change in the insurance rate among adults aged 19 to 25 since the Affordable Care Act mandated that they could remain on their parents’ insurance plans. To gauge the effects of the law, the bureau examined the difference in the rates for 19-to-25-year-olds and 26-to-29-year-olds, two groups that track closely. Private insurance coverage fell by 1.9 percent in the older group but rose 2.7 percent in the younger one (Norman, 9/19).

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English: Great seal of the state of Rhode Isla...

English: Great seal of the state of Rhode Island Français : Sceau du Rhode Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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