In 2013, U.S. employers may have cut the number of people in their medical plans to 169 million – down from a peak of 179 million in 2008, and the lowest level recorded since 1997.
Enrollment in employment-based health plans seem to have fallen as use of individual health insurance and Medicaid jumped. The 2013 figures include some of the effects of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange and Medicaid expansion programs on use of health insurance, and they may also include the effects of employer efforts to respond to PPACA changes and changes in the economy.
The Census Bureau reported the latest health insurance figures in a new report on the state of health insurance coverage in 2013. The bureau based the 2013 numbers on Current Population Survey polling conducted earlier this year. Bureau officials say they have redesigned their survey program. They cut historical data out of their latest report and have warned users to be careful about comparing the new data with the old data.
A comparison with the 2012 report shows that the size of the U.S. population increased to 313.4 million in 2013, from 311.1 million. The percentage of people without any health insurance dropped to 13.4 percent, from 15.7 percent in 2012, and the number of uninsured people fell to 42 million, from 48 million.