What to Watch for: Health Insurance Coverage
On Wednesday, Census will release estimates of the number of Americans without health insurance coverage in 2011. Other data and historical trends provide clues as to what the Census data are likely to show.
Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that in 2011, the number of uninsured Americans fell for the first time in four years.
The largest increase in coverage, according to the CDC, occurred among young adults, a group benefiting from an Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision allowing adult children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ private insurance plans. Read more
What to Watch for: Poverty and Income
On September 12, the Census Bureau will release official poverty figures for 2011, as well as additional data related to the impact of various safety net programs in keeping people out of poverty last year. Read more