Census data: Percentage of state residents without health insurance drops

U.S. Census data released Tuesday show the percentage of Connecticut residents without health insurance has fallen in recent years, according to Connecticut Voices for Children, which attributed the improvement to government reforms.

In a press release, the organization, a research-based policy think tank, said a comparison of two-year average rates revealed "a statistically significant decline" in the percentage of people under age 65 who were without health insurance for the entire year, decreasing from 12.7 percent in 2009-10 to 9.5 percent in 2011-12.

"Among children under age 18, the share without health insurance declined from 6.5 percent in 2009-10 to 4.5 percent in 2011-12.," according to the release.

The organization said two-year estimates should be used to evaluate Connecticut trends because of small survey sample sizes at the state level.

"These trends demonstrate the success of Connecticut's efforts to improve access to health coverage for Connecticut children and families, even as our economy is struggling to recover," said Ellen Shemitz, executive director of Connecticut Voices for Children. "In 2014, additional state and federal health reforms will enable thousands more Connecticut residents to gain affordable health insurance coverage."

In 2012, an estimated 9.2 percent of all Connecticut residents under age 65 were without health insurance for the entire previous year. Among Connecticut children under 18 years of age, 3.6 percent lacked insurance for the entire year.

The nation's official poverty rate in 2012 was 15 percent, which represents 46.5 million people living at or below the poverty line. This marked the second con

The percentage of people without health insurance coverage declined to 15.4 percent in 2012 - from 15.7 percent in 2011. However, the 48.0 million people without coverage in 2012 was not statistically different from the 48.6 million in 2011.

The findings are contained in the report "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012."

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