By Paul Zurlo, VP, Small Group and Individual Business
The number of Americans without health insurance continued to decline last year, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released September 16. Nearly nine million people gained insurance, bringing the total percentage of uninsured to 10.4 percent in 2014, down from 13.3 percent in 2013. The report found the overall rate of insured Americans grew in every state, and across all racial groups and for Hispanics.
According to an article in the New York Times, “The biggest gains in health insurance coverage occurred last year among households with incomes less than $50,000 a year.” The numbers suggest the Affordable Care Act is working to help Americans — especially the poor — despite no improvement in the overall poverty rate. The Census Bureau’s findings help to validate a program whose aim is to help those most in need obtain health care, which is similar to EmblemHealth’s mission to provide quality, affordable health care to all New Yorkers.
To read the U.S. Census Bureau’s full report, visit their website: “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014.”