New Census data show Massachusetts leads nation in health care coverage; poverty rises nationally
September 13, 2011
The U.S. Census Bureau today released data on health insurance and poverty rates for 2010. Two new fact sheets by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center examine the data.
Massachusetts Still the Leader in Health Care Coverage reports on Census Bureau data indicating that Massachusetts health insurance coverage rate is more than ten percentage points higher than the national rate. Using a multi-year average, the Census data estimate that in the 2008-2010 period, Massachusetts had a health insurance coverage rate of 95 percent - more than any other state in the nation.
U.S. Poverty Rate Rises Again shows that the national poverty rate increased for the third year in a row in 2010, rising to 15.1 percent from 14.3 percent in 2009. The poverty rate is now at its highest point since 1993, and the total number of people living in poverty-46.2 million-is the highest number in the 52 years for which the Census Bureau has published poverty estimates. The Census data also show that the percentage of people in deep poverty-those with incomes below 50 percent of the official poverty level-rose to 6.7 percent in 2010 the highest point since the Census Bureau began to publish this measure in 1975.
The health insurance fact sheet is available here, the fact sheet on poverty is available here; both can be found at www.massbudget.org.
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