New Census Estimates Show 3 Million More Americans Had Health Insurance Coverage in 2012. Estimates of the Uninsured


The increase in health insurance coverage in 2012 represents a continuing and encouraging reversal in trends: from 2000-2010, the number of uninsured Americans went up each year.  Since 2010, as the economy improved and the early features of the Affordable Care Act took effect, the number of uninsured has gone down.  The decline in rates of employer-sponsored coverage, which dropped sharply in the previous decade, have leveled off, and public coverage under Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP has increased.  The net result of these two trends is an increase in health insurance coverage. 

An estimated 48.0 million people were uninsured in 2012, 2 million fewer than the 50.0 million who were uninsured in 2010, when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act.  The most recent estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggest that by 2016, the expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of the Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of uninsured Americans by another 25 million.2

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