Share of Americans Without Health Coverage Edged Down Again in 2012

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The share of children who were uninsured fell from 9.4 percent in 2011 to 8.9 percent in 2012 — a historic low — due primarily to gains in private coverage. Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) among children remained steady, likely in part because of a health reform requirement that states maintain their eligibility rules and procedures for Medicaid and CHIP. The 8.9 percent uninsurance rate among children is more than a quarter below the 1999 level.

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Date: Sep 2013
Author: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities