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Find out which cities have more people with health insurance

Latest local health insurance statistics available through Census Bureau’s American community survey.

WASHINGTON, -- Between 2013 and 2014, the majority of metropolitan areas saw an increase in the percentage of people covered by health insurance, according to statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the nation's most comprehensive information source on American households. The 2014 American Community Survey provides statistics on over 40 social, economic and housing topics for U.S. communities with populations of 65,000 or more.

Health Insurance

• The percentage of people with private health insurance coverage increased in 36 states. One state, Massachusetts, saw a decrease.

• The percentage of people covered by public health insurance increased in 36 states. The remaining 14 states did not see a statistically significant increase or decrease.

• Puerto Rico saw no statistically significant change in the percentage of people covered by health insurance between 2013 and 2014. However, the commonwealth did see a decrease in the percentage covered by private health insurance and an increase in the percentage covered by public health insurance.

• The percentage of people covered by direct-purchase health insurance, a subtype of private coverage, increased in 21 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas. The Miami metro area had the largest increase, going from 11.5 percent in 2013 to 15.0 percent in 2014.

• The percentage of people covered by employer-provided health insurance, a subtype of private coverage, increased in six and decreased in three of the 25 largest metro areas; the remaining areas saw no significant change.

• The percentage of people covered by Medicare, a subtype of public coverage, increased in 21 of the 25 largest metro areas between 2013 and 2014. The number and percentage of people 65 and over increased in all 25 largest metro areas over this period.

• The percentage of people covered by Medicaid, a subtype of public coverage, increased in 19 of the 25 largest metro areas. The Portland, Ore., metro area had the largest increase, going from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 19.8 percent in 2014. (SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau)

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