Uninsured Numbers Drop as Poverty Rate Holds Steady

Uninsured Numbers Drop as Poverty Rate Holds Steady WASHINGTON – The number of people without health insurance dropped last year by 8.8 million, to a total of 33 million, but there was no statistically significant change in income for the typical American household, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

Median household income in the United States was $53,660 last year, the Census Bureau reported. In addition, it said, there was no meaningful change in the official poverty rate – 14.8 percent in 2014. About 46.7 million people were in poverty, the bureau said.

This was the fourth consecutive year in which the number of people in poverty was not statistically different from the official estimate for the prior year.
In its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage, the Census Bureau said that the percentage of people without insurance was 10.4 percent last year, down from 13.3 percent in 2013. Much of the change was attributable to changes made by the Affordable Care Act, officials said.
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