Changes in Health Insurance in the Great Recession, 2007-2010

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Changes in Health Insurance in the Great Recession, 2007-2010

December 21, 2011

Abstract

John Holahan and Vicki Chen use the Current Population Survey to examine trends in health insurance coverage during the "Great Recession" of 2007-2010, as well as over the past decade. The uninsured have increased since 2000 with nonelderly adults shouldering the entire burden. Generous Medicaid coverage for children was able to offset falling ESI coverage, which caused the overall uninsured number of children to decrease. 2010 saw the continuation of many trends from 2007; ESI rates continued to fall, the share and number people who are low-income continued to grow, and unemployment continued to rise. Patterns of insurance coverage were similar across groups of all race/ethnicity, citizens and non-citizens, and all geographic areas. The one exception to recent trends in private coverage is coverage for young adults (ages 19-25). This group had an increase in private coverage while all other age groups experienced a decline in private coverage.

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