ITUP’s summary of the United States Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey is now available.
Some of the key noted in the summary:
- About 46.7 million (14.8% of the population) lives in poverty about the same as the prior year.
- Median household income is $53,657 about the same as the past three years.
- About 33 million (10.4% of the population) are uninsured in 2014 down from the 42 million the prior year due to ACA implementation.
- Massachusetts leads the nation with 3.3% of its residents uninsured, and Texas brings up the rear at 19.1% uninsured.
- Kentucky led the nation in reducing its uninsured rates by 5.8 points from 14.3% uninsured to 8.5% uninsured. Other leading states are Nevada (5.5%), West Virginia (5.4%), Oregon (4.9%) and California (4.7%).
- Coverage increased roughly equally for private individual insurance (the Exchanges like Covered California) and for Medicaid (Medi-Cal).
- Coverage rates are now 98.6% for those over 65, 93.8% for those under 18, 89% for those 45-64 and 82% for those ages 26-34. The greatest increases in coverage were for those between the ages of 19 and 34.
The original findings can be viewed at the US Census Bureau: Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014 and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014.