Issue Spotlight: New Census Data on Poverty and Health Care
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) show that Pennsylvanians have not made up for health insurance coverage lost during the Great Recession. In 2011-12, 13.3% of Pennsylvanians under the age of 65 were uninsured, up from 10.7% in 2006-07. It is an important reminder that Pennsylvania needs an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act now more than ever.
Poverty has risen sharply in most regions of Pennsylvania, highlighting the widespread impact of the recession. PBPC has created tables showing poverty and uninsured rates in Pennsylvania's major metro areas and larger counties.
Poverty has risen sharply in most regions of Pennsylvania, highlighting the widespread impact of the recession and the need for policymakers to protect struggling families and invest in building a stronger economy.
Poverty rates remained essentially unchanged in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2009, but some parts of the state saw a jump, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The new report also offers a snapshot of health insurance rates in communities across the state.
The share of children without health insurance is twice as high in rural parts of Pennsylvania as in larger urban areas, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Rural Pennsylvania has a higher uninsured rate overall than the state’s urban regions, due mostly to its large share of children without insurance.