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Figuratively Speaking: Health
Insurance Coverage

In its report ?Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010,? the U.S. Census Bureau says that in 2010, median household income declined, the poverty rate increased and the percentage without health insurance coverage was not statistically different from the previous year. Details of health insurance coverage are:

? Number of people without health insurance coverage in 2010: 49.9 million;

? In 2009: 49.0 million;

? Number with health insurance in 2010: 256.2 million;

? In 2009: 255.3 million;

? Percent of Blacks without health insurance in 2010: 20.8;

? In 2009: 20.3;

? Percent of Hispanics without health insurance in 2010: 30.7;

? In 2009: 31.6;

? Percent of whites (not Hispanic) without insurance in 2010: 11.7;

? In 2009: 11.5;

? Percent of the foreign-born population without health insurance in
2010: 34.1;

? In 2009: 33.7;

? Percentage of people covered by private health insurance in 2010: 64.0;
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? In 2009: 64.5;

? Percentage covered by government health insurance in 2010: 31.0;

? In 2009: 30.6;

? Percentage covered by employment-based health insurance in 2010: 55.3;

? In 2009: 56.1;

? Percentage covered by Medicaid in 2010: 15.9;

? In 2009: 15.9;

? Percent of children under 18 (7.3 million) without health insurance in 2010: 9.8;

? Uninsured rate for children in poverty in 2010: 15.4 percent;
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? Uninsured rate for all children: 9.8;

? Regions with the lowest uninsured rates in 2010: Northeast and Midwest.
Source: U.S.Census Bureau