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.
A larger share of Pennsylvanians lacked health insurance in 2007 and 2008 than at the start of the decade, while a smaller share were covered by employer-provided policies, according to Census Bureau data released today.
A U.S. Census Bureau report shows that Pennsylvania funds a smaller share of public education at the state level than all but three other states, passing on a bigger share of the cost to local taxpayers.