Now Available: 2014 Coverage estimates from the ACS & CPS
September 29, 2015:
The U.S. Census Bureau released 2014 national health insurance coverage statistics from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Current Population Survey (CPS), along with select state-level estimates from the ACS. View the Census report.
National Coverage Estimates: ACS & CPS
According to the ACS, 11.7 percent of people (36.7 million) nationwide were uninsured at the time of interview in 2014, representing a statistically significant drop from 14.5 percent (45.2 million people) in 2013.
According to the CPS, 10.4 percent of people (33.0 million) nationwide lacked health insurance during the entire year in 2014, which is a significant decrease from 13.3 percent (41.8 million people) in 2013.
State Coverage Estimates: ACS
The national drop in uninsured from 2013 to 2014 was mirrored in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with significant declines seen across the board.
The largest state decline from 2013 to 2014 was seen in Kentucky, where the uninsured rate fell from 14.3 percent to 8.5 percent, a drop of 5.8 percentage points representing 250,000 fewer uninsured Kentuckians.
The smallest state decline from 2013 to 2014 was seen in Massachusetts, where the uninsured rate fell from 3.7 percent to 3.3 percent. This 0.4 percentage-point decline translates to 28,000 fewer uninsured Massachusetts residents.
The table below shows the top state-level declines in uninsured for all ages from 2013 to 2014 according to the ACS estimates.
SHADAC Webinar with Census Officials to Discuss Coverage Estimates
On September 22nd, SHADAC will host our annual webinar with Census experts to discuss the new health insurance coverage estimates from the ACS and CPS. Click here to learn more and register.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.