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CPS and ACS Health Insurance Estimates: Consistent Trends from 2009-2012

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For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013 includes statistics from two surveys: the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS) and the American Community Survey (ACS).In addition to comprehensive statistics on health insurance coverage by detailed characteristics using data from the CPS, the report presents historical trends and year-to-year changes using data from the ACS because the redesigned health insurance section in the CPS resulted in a break in the health insurance coverage time series. This technical brief demonstrates that changes in health insurance coverage, as measured by either survey, present consistent results. Thus, the ACS can provide this important measure of change in place of the CPS estimates between 2012 and 2013.


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