New Census Estimates Show 3 Million More Americans Had Health Insurance Coverage in 2012. Household Income and Uninsurance


  • In 2012, as in previous years, people living in lower-income households were more likely to be uninsured than people living in higher-income households.  Estimated uninsurance rates were 24.9% for people in households with less than $25,000 in income, compared with 21.4% for people in households with income of $25,000 to $49,999, 15.0% for people in households with income of $50,000 to $74,999, and 7.9% for people in households with income of $75,000 or higher. 
  • These rates were statistically unchanged from 2011.
  • Beginning in January 2014, many lower and middle income families will be eligible to receive affordable health insurance, either by enrolling in an expanded Medicaid program or by purchasing coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Families purchasing coverage in the Marketplace may be eligible for tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies.

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