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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Uninsured Next Door to You

As the Affordable Care Act rolls out, increasing attention has been paid to who has health insurance and who does not. The Census Bureau asks respondents about their health insurance status in three different surveys--the Current Population Survey (ACS), the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and the American Community Survey (ACS). The latter has data down to the census tract level, and the New York Times has just made maps of the uninsured available online. The map will take you down to your census tract immediately if you allow your web browser to know your location. Pretty cool.

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