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Publication Year: 2013

The number of uninsured Americans is large and growing over time, yet there continues to be debate about exactly how many Americans are uninsured. Researchers use data from several different national surveys to estimate the number of uninsured people in America and discrepancies in their estimates are common.  This brief compares estimates of health insurance coverage from four national health surveys sponsored by the federal government, identifies the differences in their estimates of uninsurance, and identifies  common themes.  Updated September 2013.

 

Publication Year: 2012

This issue brief provides state-level estimates of health insurance coverage by age and income from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS).  The maps and tables included in this brief provide state-level estimates for the nonelderly population (age 0 to 64), children (age 0 to 18), and nonelderly adults (age 19 to 64). Within each age group, we also present separate estimates for the low-income population (people with family incomes at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines).

Publication Year: 2012

In this brief we describe an important decision that should be considered in analyses of health insurance coverage using survey data:  Defining the "family unit" for examining insurance coverage, often called the health insurance unit.  We propose a general definition of the health insurance unit and provide Stata and SAS code to facilitate implementing that definition.

Publication Year: 2011

This issue brief provides state-level estimates of health insurance coverage by age and income from the American Community Survey.  The maps and tables included in this brief provide state-level estimates for the nonelderly population (age 0 to 64), children (age 0 to 18), and nonelderly adults (age 19 to 64). Within each age group, we also present separate estimates for the low-income population (people with family incomes below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines).