Number of uninsured people in the U.S. decreased in 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a report that shows that in 2011, median household income declined, the poverty rate was not statistically different from the previous year, and the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased, according to a press release.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • The number of people with health insurance increased to 260.2 million in 2011 from 256.6 million in 2010, as did the percentage of people with health insurance (84.3 percent in 2011, 83.7 percent in 2010).
  • The percentage of people covered by private health insurance in 2011 was not statistically different from 2010, at 63.9 percent. This was the first time in the last 10 years that the rate of private health insurance coverage has not decreased. The percentage covered by employment-based health insurance in 2011 was not statistically different from 2010, at 55.1 percent.
  • The percentage of people covered by government health insurance increased from 31.2 percent to 32.2 percent. The percentage covered by Medicaid increased from 15.8 percent in 2010 to 16.5 percent in 2011. The percentage covered by Medicare also rose over the period, from 14.6 percent to 15.2 percent. The percentage covered by Medicaid in 2011 was higher than the percentage covered by Medicare.
  • In 2011, 9.7 percent of children under 19 (7.6 million) were without health insurance. Neither estimate is significantly different from the corresponding 2010 estimate. The uninsured rate also remained statistically unchanged for those age 26 to 34 and people age 45 to 64. It declined, however, for people age 19 to 25, age 35 to 44 and those age 65 and older.
  • The uninsured rate for children in poverty (13.8 percent) was higher than the rate for all children (9.4 percent).

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, www.advisory.com, September 13, 2012; The U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/, September 12, 2012)