While 2020 has been a year of chaos, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau at least offers a clear view of how health insurance access had been progressing up until the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, between 2018 and 2019, Medicare coverage decreased, employer-sponsored coverage increased (maybe), and the overall uninsured rate decreased.

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More specifically, according to the latest data, 92% of people had health insurance for all or part of 2019, and 55.4% were covered by an employer-sponsored health plan. In 2018, 55.2% were covered. Though this appears to be a small increase, the Bureau noted that a lower response rate during this year's collection period (March and April) than in past years that could impact the accuracy of the latest figures.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.