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Census Reports that Level of Uninsured Americans Remains Steady

Census Reports that Level of Uninsured Americans Remains Steady

Sept. 20, 2013

The overall number of uninsured Americans in 2012 remained about the same as what was reported in 2011 according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2012.

The survey shows the percentage of uninsured Americans decreased from 15.7 percent in 2011 to 15.4 percent in 2012, with the number remaining at 48 million people.

Other key findings in the report are:

  • Those covered by health insurance increased to 84.6 percent and 262.2 million people in 2012, from 84.3 percent and 260.2 million in 2011
  • The number of people covered by government health insurance rose from 32.2 percent and 99.5 million in 2011 to 32.6 percent and 101.5 million in 2012
  • The level of uninsured children under age 18 declined from 9.4 percent and 7 million in 2011 to 8.9 percent and 6.6 million in 2012
  • Individuals covered under Medicare increased 0.5 percent from 15.2 percent and 46.9 million in 2011 to 15.7 percent and 48.9 million in 2012

Those individuals with an annual household income at or above $75,000 were more likely to have insurance while those with incomes under $25,000 were less likely to be insured. There were no significant changes in the rates of individuals with employer health insurance, people covered under Medicaid or those with private health insurance.

A regional review found that the Northeast had the highest rate of insured individuals, 89.2 percent while the rates of uninsured people decreased in the West and Midwest.