New Census Estimates Show 3 Million More Americans Had Health Insurance Coverage in 2012. Race/Ethnicity and Uninsurance

11/01/2013

  • An estimated 29.1% of Latinos were uninsured in 2012 (Table 1).  This was a statistically significant 1 percentage point drop from 2011’s 30.1%, but Latinos continue to constitute a much larger share of the uninsured than of the total population.
  • An estimated 19.0% of African Americans were uninsured in 2012 (Table 1), statistically unchanged from 2011.
  • An estimated 15.1% of Asian Americans were uninsured in 2012 (Table 1).  This was a significantly lower rate than 2011’s 16.8%.  Due to small sample sizes, however, the Census Bureau recommends combining two or more years of data when analyzing changes in insurance rates for Asian Americans.
  • An estimated 11.1% of non-Latino Whites were uninsured in 2012 (Table 1), statistically unchanged from 2011.

Figure 1. Profile of the Uninsured vs. Total Population by Age, 2012

Figure 1. Profile of the Uninsured vs. Total Population by Age, 2012

Source: ASPE calculations from Carmen DeNavas-Walt, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica C. Smith, U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, P60-245, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2013 (http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf), accessed September 17, 2013.

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