REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - (L-R) Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), speaks as Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Al Franken (D-MN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) listen during a news conference calling for no reduction in the Medicare and Medicaid budgets as part of the year-end budget talks on Capitol Hill in Washington December 11, 2012.

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Health Insurance Coverage Rises in 2012, Driven by Increase in Medicare Enrollment

September 17, 2013, Gary Burtless

The Census Bureau's new estimates of health insurance coverage show a second successive year in improvements in coverage. Gary Burtless looks into the numbers to find that all of the gains in health coverage in recent years have been driven by increased enrollments in government insurance plans—mainly Medicaid and Medicare.

  • In the News

    We still are a country that's kind of divided, and a lot of that fissure in the population tends to be based in race and age and ethnicity. There's kind of a dangerous result in this election when we see older whites moving in one direction and younger minorities moving in another direction.

    January 21, 2013, William H. Frey
  • In the News

    What’s constant in this country is its ability to adapt—adapt to people with changing backgrounds, people with changing attitudes. But Hispanics really are a very big part of America’s present and future. And they’re not clustered in one area. They’ve been fanning out to all parts of the United States, and by moving into new parts of the country ...they’re becoming accepted by these communities.

    January 19, 2013, William H. Frey, USA Today
  • In the News

    The long-term scenario [for Rhode Island] will be at best tepid population gain. It’s quite likely that the state could lose a Congressional seat, as it barely retained its second seat after the past census. If it loses its second seat, it will be the first time the state had one seat since 1793.

    January 8, 2013, William H. Frey, New York Times
  • In the News

    After decades of wars, a depression, immigration surges, baby booms, boomlets and busts, we are entering a new era of modest growth.

    December 20, 2012, William H. Frey, Star-Telegram
  • Expert Q & A | William H. Frey

    America’s Changing Demographic Landscape: New Projections from the Census Bureau

    December 13, 2012, William H. Frey

  • In the News

    When the 2020 Census comes around, we’re going to have a majority-minority child population.

    December 13, 2012, William H. Frey, New York Times
  • Expert Q & A | William H. Frey

    America’s Young Adults: A Generation On the Move

    November 20, 2012, William H. Frey

  • In the News

    What’s new here [in the recently released Census data] is that it shows there’s a pulse in the urban core, in big metro areas that have diverse economies. It’s interesting that Chicago and New York were the top ones, which suggests these are places that will attract young and well-off people who want to feel like they live in an important area. You can’t generalize entirely, of course, because while some urban cores are doing very well, others are still part of a broader suburban trend.

    September 27, 2012, William H. Frey, Christian Science Monitor
  • In the News

    On many levels we are continuing to slide in the wrong direction [in terms of recovery] but just at a much slower pace. Now inter-state migration is picking up, it's still below 2007 levels, on a number of measures we are not moving down as quickly as we were. It seems the worst is over.

    September 20, 2012, William H. Frey, The Guardian
  • In the News

    I think there is at least a hint that we have hit bottom in this post-recession malaise in the United States. And by that I mean we've not turned up, but we're going down at a slower pace, and we might see a little bit of the glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel.

    September 20, 2012, William H. Frey, National Public Radio

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