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Webinar: Making Sense of the Census Uninsured Numbers

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Census Bureau announced today that the number of people without health insurance dropped from 50 million to 48.6 million in 2011, marking the first decrease since 2007. That information came from the Current Population Survey, but it isn't the only data that Census is releasing on the uninsured.

Census is preparing a second report that it will announce September 20 -- based on the American Community Survey - that will offer a more local view of insurance coverage. It will go beyond state data to examine recent trends in cities, many counties, and in congressional districts. This survey is much larger, and can be used to examine sub-state data and smaller demographic subgroups.

How are various demographic groups faring when it comes to insurance coverage? Specific geographic areas? What are the trends moving forward?

Leading uninsured experts will answer these questions - and your questions - the day before Census releases its second set of numbers.

The webinar aired September 19th at 1:30 p.m., and a recording will be available by the afternoon of September 20th.

Presentations from the speakers and many other downloadable resources on this topic, along with an expert source list, are available below. For more info, you can also watch a recording of the recent SHADAC Webinar on the 2011 CPS and ACS Health Insurance Coverage Estimates that occured on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

SPONSORS: Alliance for Health Reform, Kaiser Family Foundation

The Alliance thanks the Kaiser Family Foundation for its cosponsorship and for the use of its television studio for this webinar.


Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
Lynn Blewett, State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota, Speaker
Peter Cunningham, Center for Studying Health System Change, Speaker
Rachel Garfield, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured , Speaker

Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Full Webcast/Podcast: Webcast Link

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Source Materials

Selected Experts (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 9/19/2012
Materials List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 9/19/2012
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 9/19/2012

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

SHADAC Data Center, SHADAC - State Health Access Data Assistance Center , 9/1/2012
- Tool to customize insurance coverage estimates based on Census Bureau Data
The New Census Numbers: Some Good News, but Major Challenges Remain, Health Affairs Blog, 9/12/2012
Number of Uninsured Fell in 2011, Largely Due to Health Reform and Public Programs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 9/13/2012
Census Releases 2011 CPS Estimates of Insurance Coverage, SHADAC, 9/12/2012
Comparing Federal Government Surveys that Count the Uninsured, SHADAC, 9/1/2011
Article written by Republican Senator (South Carolina) Jim DeMint: Three Things You Need to Know About Today’s Census Uninsured Report, , 9/12/2012
Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Center for Disease Control, 6/1/2012
Fact Sheet – Differences between CPS ASEC and ACS, United States Census Bureau, 9/18/2012
Medicare Makes Way for Baby Boomers, US News and World Report, 1/3/2011
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011, United States Census Bureau, 9/12/2012
More Americans Insured: What’s Behind the Numbers?, PBS Newshour, 9/12/2012
Keeping Kids Covered: Number of Children with Health Coverage Increases During Economic Downturn , SHADAC, 8/1/2012
The Dropping Uninsured Rate, in One Map, Washington Post, 9/12/2012
Monitoring the Impacts of Health Reform at the State Level: Using Federal Survey Data, SHADAC, 3/1/2011
Mortality and Access to Care among Adults after State Medicaid Expansions, The New England Journal of Medicine, 9/13/2012
The Impact of PPACA on Employment-Based Health Coverage of Adult Children to Age 26 (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Employee Benefit Research Institute, 1/1/2012
Great Recession Accelerated Long-Term Decline of Employer Health Coverage, SHADAC, 3/1/2012



 Uninsured experts explored demographic and geographic trends in Census data at a Sept. 19 webinar. Watch the video.




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