U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 29: Social Insurance

Saturday, April 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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SOCIAL INSURANCE

Profile AmericaSaturday, April 29th. Health insurance and its affordability has been a topic of political contention mostly in the past two decades, but the social need was recognized much earlier. On this date in 1942, Rhode Island became the first state to set up a health or temporary disability insurance program for its working citizens unemployed because of sickness. Most Americans are without disability insurance, although Social Security provides some coverage to qualified workers. But health insurance is another matter. In 2014, over 208 million private policies were in force, with 170 million based on employment. Over 36 million Americans remained uninsured. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources:

Kane's Famous First Facts, 4539

Disability insurance/accessed 2/3/2017: www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/disability-insurance-plans-for-workers.htm 

Social Security Disability Insurance/accessed 2/3/2017: www.ssa.gov/news/press/factsheets/basicfact-alt.pdf 

Health insurance 2014/American Community Survey: factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_1YR_S2701&prodType=table 

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu). 

 

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