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Fewer Uninsured in 2012, Largely Due to Increased Medicare Enrollment

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reports statistically significant increases in health insurance coverage in 2012.

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The number of people with government health insurance increased in 2012 to 32.6 percent from 32.2 percent in 2011, according to data released Tuesday from the U.S. Census Bureau. Click to enlarge the graph.(Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)

More people had health insurance in 2012 than in 2011, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday.

The number of people without health insurance declined to 15.4 percent in 2012 from 15.7 percent in 2011—a statistically significant decrease, according to a spokesman at the Census Bureau.

 

The total number of uninsured in the U.S. in 2012 was 48 million.

More people were enrolled in government plans in 2012. Medicare saw a statistically significant jump to 15.7 percent from 15.2 percent enrollment in 2011. Overall, government coverage increased in 2012 to 32.6 percent from 32.2 percent in 2011.

Asians and Hispanics both saw statistically significant declines in the number of uninsured. In 2012, 15.1 percent of the Asian population did not have health insurance, compared with 16.8 percent in 2011. Hispanics living without health insurance dropped to 29.1 percent in 2012 from 30.1 percent in 2011.

 

A small percentage of youth under age 18 gained health insurance in 2012. The number of uninsured dropped to 8.9 percent from 9.4 percent in 2011.

There was no statistically significant change in poverty rates or household income, however.

Approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population lived below the poverty line in 2012, mirroring 2011 data. The total number of Americans living in poverty in 2012 was approximately 46.5 million.

The median household income was approximately $51,000. That's roughly the same in 2012 as it was in 2011.

 
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