The number of people without health insurance rose about 9.4% to 50.7 million people in 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. That represented 16.7% of the U.S. population in 2009 compared with 15.4% or 46.3 million people in 2008.
Ranks of uninsured grew 9.4% in 2009, Census Bureau says
“This is the highest number of uninsured since 1987, the first year that comparable uninsured data was collected,” David Johnson, chief of the Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division at the Census, said during a news conference to release the findings. The report contains national findings from the 2010 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement or CPS.
In some of the key findings, the bureau reported that the number of people covered by private health insurance decreased from 201.0 million to 194.5 million from 2008 and 2009. Those covered by employment-based health insurance declined from 176.3 million to 169.7 million.
By comparison, the number covered by government health insurance increased from 87.4 million to 93.2 million over the same time period. Those with Medicaid coverage increased from 42.6 million to 47.8 million people.
Uninsured rates decreased as household income increased, from 26.6% for those in households with annual incomes less than $25,000 to 9.1% in households with incomes of $75,000 or more, in 2009. See the report (PDF).
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