Authors

David Drozd

Document Type

Report

Publication Date

2-1-2010

Abstract

The debate over expanding health insurance coverage has captivated the United States, especially during 2009. While much of the debate and many public forums have been driven by emotion, a new data source from the U.S. Census Bureau can add more factual information regarding the current state of U.S. health insurance coverage. While a limited amount of health insurance coverage data existed previously, new data from the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey (ACS) greatly expands the level and detail of relevant information. Prior to this ACS information, health insurance coverage data were focused on the national level; state data were limited and typically combined multiple years of survey data in order to release reliable information.

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