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.
As the recession took its toll last year, more Americans fell into poverty, saw their incomes decline, and joined the ranks of the uninsured, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2010, the poverty rate increased to 15.1%, the highest level since 1993.
Total state funding for the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), which administrates most of the health care programs in the state, is increased in the budget proposed by Governor Tom Corbett for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year. Total DPW funding is $11.2 billion.
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.