Benefits

Census Bureau to Release Uninsured Report Next Month

By Staff Report

Aug. 5, 2011

The Census Bureau next month will release its annual report on the number of people in the United States without health insurance, with attention focused on whether the improvement in the economy in 2010 made a dent in reducing the uninsured population.


The report will be released Sept. 13.


In 2009, the number of uninsured hit a record 50.7 million, up from 46.3 million in 2008, while the percentage of Americans without coverage climbed to 16.7 percent from 15.4 percent.


The percentage of people covered through employer-sponsored plans fell to 55.8 percent —also a record low—in 2009, down from 58.5 percent in 2008.


The decline in employment-based coverage came amid the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The unemployment rate topped 10 percent in 2009, with millions of employees losing their health insurance coverage.


The sweeping health care reform measure Congress passed last year is intended to sharply reduce the number of uninsured. But the most significant provision in the reform law to expand coverage—one that will provide federal premium subsidies to the lower-income uninsured—does not start until 2014.  


Filed by Jerry Geisel of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, email editors@workforce.com.


 


Stay informed and connected. Get human resources news and HR features via Workforce Management’s Twitter feed or RSS feeds for mobile devices and news readers.

What’s New at Workforce.com?

blog workforce

Come see what we’re building in the world of predictive employee scheduling, superior labor insights and next-gen employee apps. We’re on a mission to automate workforce management for hourly employees and bring productivity, optimization and engagement to the frontline.

Book a call
See the software

Related Articles

workforce blog

Benefits

What is Earned Wage Access (EWA)? A Few Considerations

Summary Earned wage access (EWA) programs are an increasingly popular way for employees to access their...

benefits, earned wage access products, payroll, time and attendance

workforce blog

Benefits

EEOC says that employers legally can offer incentives to employees to get vaccinated in almost all instances

If you’re an employer looking to get as many of your employees vaccinated as possible, you can rest eas...

ADA, CDC, COVID-19, EEOC, GINA, pandemic, vaccinated

workforce blog

Benefits

Fixing some common misconceptions about HIPAA

Ever since the CDC amended its COVID-19 guidance to say that the fully vaccinated no longer need to wea...

COVID-19, health care, HIPAA, human resources, wellness