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Report Number ACSBR/12-11
Jonathan Rodean
Component ID: #ti1805877036

Introduction

In periods of economic downturn, the ability of individuals to access and afford private health insurance becomes more limited. Federal, state, and local programs exist to improve disadvantaged individuals’ access to health care in the form of public coverage, including coverage for some of those who have become economically disadvantaged during those periods. This report uses 1-year American Community Survey (ACS) data to examine changes in the uninsured rate of people under age 65/1 and the ability of this public “safety net” to either partially or wholly compensate for decreases in private health insurance during two periods: from 2008 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2012.2

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1 Given that most adults over the age of 64 are eligible for Medicare, a form of public coverage, the reports seeks to eliminate the effects of an aging population by looking at people under the age of 65.
2 Trends in health insurance coverage were very similar from 2008 to 2009 and from 2009 to 2010, as were the trends from 2010 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2012.

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