Photo: Hispanic Uninsured
A Census Bureau report issued today shows that approximately 48 million people in 2012 did not have health insurance. This report shows an increase in the number of Americans insured, 3 million more Americans were insured in 2012 compared to 2011.
Access to health insurance is a key economic indicator and the current reports shows that 15.4 percent of the population do not have insurance. This is a slight decrease from 15.7 percent in 2011. In 2011 48.6 million had no insurance and 260.2 million did.
Employment-based insurance coverage fell from 2011 to 2012 to 54.9 percent while usage of government insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid rose to 32.6 percent.
The rate of uninsured by race fell the most for the Asian population to 15.1 percent from 16.8 percent in 2011. The uninsured rate for Hispanic people fell to 29.1 percent from 30.1 percent.