For the first time in the last 10 years, the rate of private health insurance coverage has not decreased, according to a report released today by the US Census Bureau.
The percentage of people covered by private health insurance in 2011 was not statistically different from 2010, at 63.9%. The percentage covered by employment-based health insurance in 2011 was not statistically different from 2010, at 55.1%.
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% in 2011, 83.7 % in 2010).
The percentage of people covered by government health insurance increased from 31.2% to 32.2%. The percentage covered by Medicaid increased from 15.8% in 2010 to 16.5% in 2011. The percentage covered by Medicare also rose over the period, from 14.6 % to 15.2%.
In 2011, 9.7% of children under 19 (7.6 million) were without health insurance. Neither estimate is significantly different from the corresponding 2010 estimate. The uninsured rate for children in poverty (13.8%) was higher than the rate for all children (9.4%).
The uninsured rate remained statistically unchanged for people aged 26 to 34 and 45 to 64. It declined, however, for those aged 19 to 25, 35 to 44, and 65 and older.
In 2011, the uninsured rates decreased as household income increased from 25.4 % for those in households with annual income less than $25,000 to 7.8% in households with income of $75,000 or more.
The findings are available in Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011. The results were compiled from information collected in the 2012 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.