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.