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September 2011 St@teside

New CPS Data Shows 49.9 Million Uninsured in 2010

New estimates from the Current Population Survey (CPS) show that 49.9 million people (16.3 percent) were uninsured in the United States in 2010, compared to 49.0 million in 2009.  This is not a statistically significant change for the population overall. These estimates show a significant increase in health insurance coverage for young adults (18-25 years), from 70.7 percent in 2009 to 72.8 percent in 2010.  There is also a small but significant decline in coverage among the elderly, from 98.3 percent to 98.0 percent.1

These estimates are available in the Census Bureau's report, "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010."  The Census Bureau's health insurance page also has updated tables and figures with the new estimates.

On September 23, The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) held a webinar discussing the 2010 health insurance coverage estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Current Population Survey (CPS).

For resources related to the webinar, or to access the archived video, please visit