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The Uninsured Population — more detail

Editor’s note: Whie the absolute number of uninsured rose, the percentage of the population remained the same. While the number of pepole covered by employment based insurance declined, government sponsored health insurance rose. There are more children covered by the government and the roles of Medicare are expanding — the population is aging and living longer.

46.3 million without health insurance in 2008

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 45.7 million in 2007 to 46.3 million in 2008, while the percentage remained unchanged at 15.4 percent. Among survey findings:

  • The number of people with health insurance increased from 253.4 million in 2007 to 255.1 million in 2008.

  • Between 2007 and 2008, the number of people covered by private health insurance decreased from 202.0 million to 201.0 million, while the number covered by government health insurance climbed from 83.0 million to 87.4 million.

  • The number covered by employment-based health insurance declined from 177.4 million to 176.3 million.

  • The number of uninsured children declined from 8.1 million (11.0 percent) in 2007 to 7.3 million (9.9 percent) in 2008.

  • Both the uninsured rate and number of uninsured children are the lowest since 1987, the first year that comparable health insurance data were collected.

  • Although the uninsured rate for children in poverty declined from 17.6 percent in 2007 to 15.7 percent in 2008, children in poverty were more likely to be uninsured than all children.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008. September 2009. http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/014227.html

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September 14, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | ,

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