Comparing Federal Government Surveys that Count the Uninsured

Estimates from the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS) on children’s health insurance coverage were released by the government today, along with income and poverty statistics for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The ACS provides an alternative to state-level insurance coverage data recently released by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS).

In conjunction with the new ACS numbers, the State Health Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) released Comparing Federal Government Surveys that Count Uninsured, an annual brief comparing health insurance coverage data from four different federal health surveys, including ACS and CPS. The report explains the differences and common themes among the surveys’ estimates.

SHADAC will host a webinar to discuss the estimates on Thursday, September 30 at noon EDT. The webinar will feature U.S. Census Bureau experts who will review the ACS estimates and discuss the comparison between the ACS and CPS data. The webinar is free and open to the public via registration