State-Level Health Insurance Coverage Estimates from the 2009 American Community Survey

2010 ACS and CPS Numbers to be Released in September; Experts will Provide Insight in September 23 Webinar.

Following on the heels of the U.S. Census Bureau’s anticipated September 13 release of the 2010 Current Population Survey (CPS) and September 22 release of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) results, researchers at the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) will host a webinar with Census staff on Friday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. to provide initial insight on the latest data.

With its large sample size, the ACS is a robust data set featuring detailed estimates of population characteristics. Together with the CPS data, which provide detailed information on economic and social circumstances, they are a powerful information resource for states as they work to implement coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

In a brief funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SHADAC researchers analyzed 2009 ACS numbers and provided state-level estimates of health insurance coverage by age and income. The recently released analysis finds that while uninsurance rates decreased for children nationwide, they increased for all non-elderly adults.

During the September 23 webinar, which is free and open to the public, experts will focus on ACS/CPS comparisons, state-level differences and trends.