According to a report issued this month by the U.S. Census Bureau titled, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011,” the overall percentage of uninsured individuals in the U.S. decreased from 16.3 percent in 2010 to 15.7 percent in 2011. The number of uninsured individuals decreased from 50 million in 2010 to 48.6 million in 2011. The percentage of people insured by government health insurance programs, which includes Medicare, Medicaid, military health care, CHIP and other individual state health plans, rose from 31.2 in 2010 percent to 32.2 percent in 2011. The uninsured rate among people ages 19 to 25 decreased in 2011 from 29.8 percent to 27.7 percent in 2010. The Census Bureau also reported that for the first time in the last ten years, the rate of private health insurance coverage did not decrease from 2010 to 2011, and the rate of people covered by employment-based health insurance did not change.
For a copy of the Census Bureau’s report, click here.