Despite the onset of the Affordable Care Act’s health-insurance mandate, insurance-buying subsidies and expanded Medicaid eligibility, 32,968,000 people in the United States did not have health insurance at any time in 2014, according to data released today by the Census Bureau.
Meanwhile, 115,470,000 were on government health insurance at some time during the year.
“Government health insurance includes federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), individual state health plans, TRICARE, CHAMPVA (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs), as well as care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the military,” said the Census Bureau report “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014.”
According to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, as reported in Table A-2 of the report, the number of people who were uninsured dropped by 8,828,000 from 2013 to 2014, but the number on government insurance increased by 7,183,000. That means that the increase in the number who were insured by government equaled about 81.4 percent of the decline in the uninsured.
According to the Census Bureau report, the number of people with government health insurance climbed from 108,287,000 in 2013 to 115,470,000 in 2014—an increase of 7,183,000. The number who were uninsured dropped from 41,795,000 to 32,968,000–a decline of 8,828,000.
The number on Medicaid, according to the report, climbed from 54,919,000 in 2013 to 61,650,000 in 2014—an increase of 6,731,000.
“In 2014, most people (89.6 percent) had health insurance coverage at some point during the calendar year, with more people having private health insurance coverage (66.0 percent) than government coverage (36.5 percent),” said the Census report. “Of the subtypes of health insurance, employer-based insurance covered the most people (55.4 percent of the population), followed by Medicaid (19.5 percent), Medicare (16.0 percent), direct-purchase (14.6 percent), and military health care (4.5 percent).”