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Census Bureau: Millions of people don’t have health insurance. Florida is no exception.

By: - September 14, 2018 11:36 am

The Census Bureau is looking at how many people are uninsured in the U.S., and Florida’s numbers are in the millions.

People nationwide without health insurance coverage increased by almost a million people, according to American Community Survey data and the Census Bureau; most of those people are “working-age” adults – 19- to 64-year-olds.

Nationwide, the Census shows that 28 million people were with without health insurance in 2017, up from 27.3-million the year before.

Health insurance coverage is an important measure for the nation’s overall wellbeing, the Census Bureau said, and changes in health insurance coverage reflect economic trends, demographic shifts and policy changes (such as with the Affordable Care Act often referred to as Obamacare).

The most recent statewide Census data shows that more than 3 million people in Florida were uninsured in 2016. The state’s estimated population was 19.5 million people.

People across the nation who don’t have health insurance overall tend to be 19-64 years old; male, and less educated, meaning having a high school education or less.

The Census Bureau said that people who are uninsured are disproportionately concentrated in the South.


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CD Davidson-Hiers
CD Davidson-Hiers

CD Davidson-Hiers is a 2017 summa cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honors societies, and has received multiple writing awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prior to joining the Florida Phoenix, CD worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and has bylines in Tallahassee Magazine. She is a native of Pensacola and currently lives in Tallahassee with her tabby cat, Faulkner.