New data released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday indicate a decrease in the number of uninsured Americans. The data show that the number of Americans without health insurance totaled 48.6 million in 2011, an improvement from 49.9 million uninsured in 2010.
“A decrease in the number of uninsured Americans is strong evidence that the law is working,” APHA executive director, Dr. Georges Benjamin said. “However, the 48.6 million Americans still without healthcare coverage highlight the important role that full implementation of the Affordable Care Act will play in improving the health of all Americans.”
The health reform law’s provision allowing young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance helped drive the improvement. Among those aged 19-25, the uninsured rate dropped in 2011 to 27.7 percent from 29.8 percent in 2010.
“The 2011 Census data on the uninsured are quite clear: ObamaCare is already providing concrete and significant help to hard-working American families,” Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said in a statement.
The Census Bureau’s latest data also showed that the 2011 U.S. poverty level did not significantly change, with 46.2 million people still in poverty, marking the first time in three years that the poverty rate in America showed no increase.