Sep 12, 2017

Uninsured rate dipped to 8.8% in 2016

A car is parked outside a health clinic for low-income people in Nevada. Photo: Alison Noon / AP

The number of Americans who did not have health insurance was at another all-time low last year, according to new data from the Census Bureau. The numbers:

  • 8.8% uninsured rate (a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from 2015).
  • 28.1 million Americans still had no health coverage.
  • 16% of Hispanics don't have health insurance, the highest of all races.
  • 55.7% of insured people get health insurance through their job.

The big takeaway: The number of Americans that don't have health insurance has mostly plateaued. The Affordable Care Act wasn't designed to cover everyone. But the ACA's coverage provisions, especially the expansion of Medicaid, have contributed to the record-low uninsured rate.

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Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting minorities harder

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The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities has become a defining part of the pandemic.

The big picture: That's a result of myriad longstanding inequities within the health care system and the American economy.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 6,804,044 — Total deaths: 362,678 — Total recoveries — 2,788,806Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 1,909,077 — Total deaths: 109,497 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight coronavirus, CDC says Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of virus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free testing for protesters.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model as use of robots accelerates.
  5. Business: Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.