U.S. Census Bureau announces the first decrease in number of individuals without insurance since 2007

The U. S. Census Bureau announced last week that the number of people without health insurance dropped from 50 million to 48.6 million in 2011, marking the first decrease since 2007. The number of uninsured dropped significantly for children and young adults, decreasing by 841,000.  The percentage of people covered by Medicaid increased from 15.8 percent to 16.5 percent. The report also shows that the poverty rate remains at 15.0 percent with 46.2 million people in poverty.

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