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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Health Insurance Coverage by State and Congressional District, 2009

David Newman
Specialist in Health Care Financing

Roughly 85% of Americans were covered by health insurance in 2009. The insured were more likely to be white or Asian; more educated; higher income; elderly; and female. The uninsured, about 15% of the population, were more likely to be African American or Hispanic; less educated; lower income; non-elderly adult; and male. In general, the uninsured are more likely to report problems getting needed medical care and to be hospitalized for avoidable health problems.

This report employs the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey (ACS) to describe health insurance coverage and provide estimates of coverage by type of coverage at the national, state, and congressional district level. The ACS survey has a sample of more than 2 million respondents and solicits health insurance coverage information as of the date of the survey. The sample is large enough to provide accurate estimates of coverage at the congressional district level at a point in time. As this report details, there are considerable differences across states, within states, and across demographic groups in the proportion of insured and their sources of coverage.

Date of Report: May 3, 2011
Number of Pages: 81
Order Number: R41804
Price: $29.95

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