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New Health Insurance Data: A Revealing Look at Coverage Before The ACA

Posted by Stephanie Glover, Health Policy Fellow | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 02:45 pm

Today, the Census Bureau released new data about the number of Americans with health insurance. The Current Population Survey (CPS) offers a revealing look at Americans’ health coverage in 2013. The data does not yet reflect the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but provides a baseline to understand who had coverage and from where prior to full ACA implementation, setting us up for some interesting analysis next year.

In brief, too many women remained uninsured in 2013. Overall, 14 percent of women and girls lack health insurance coverage. For adult women 18 to 64 the proportion is even higher; 17 percent of women went without health insurance in 2013.

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How the Wage Gap Hurts Working Families & What Can Be Done to Close It

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 01:19 pm

Another year, another $10,876 lost. That’s how much a woman working full time, year round was typically underpaid compared to her male counterpart in 2013, according to NWLC analysis of new Census Bureau data.

Our analysis shows that women in full-time, year-round jobs make 78 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts—about the same as last year’s figure of 77 cents. The wage gap for women of color is even larger—with African American women making 64 cents and Latinas making 56 cents to their white, male, non-Latino counterparts’ dollar.

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Senate Movement on Paycheck Fairness is a Step in the Right Direction

Posted by Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Fellow | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Bad news, everybody. Yesterday, a measure to hold an up-or-down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) fell just a few votes short in the Senate.

But there is a silver lining. Yesterday’s vote comes less than a week after the Senate, for the first time ever, voted—73 to 25—to debate the PFA. But by blocking an up-or-down vote on the measure, some members of the Senate sent the signal loud and clear that they are still not ready to get serious about equal pay.

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Hobby Lobby Made Me Want to Knit a Brick

Posted by Abigail Burman, Intern | Posted on: September 16, 2014 at 09:38 am

In the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision in June, the Court allowed certain for-profit corporations to get out of complying with the health care law’s birth control benefit, which requires insurance plans to cover birth control without any additional costs.  There were a lot of reactions to the decision’s stunning disregard for women’s health – including our own here at the National Women’s Law Center where we have continued to push for more attention and anger over the issue. Some people were shocked, some people were angry (the consequences of the decision have shown just how much there is to be angry about), and some people wanted to knit.

To protest the decision, the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) asked their supporters to knit bricks to rebuild the wall between church and state. If SCA received  400 bricks their staff would bring them  to the court, if SCA got 800 they would bring them to Congress, and if they got 1,200 they would take them to the White House. 

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The Story Behind the Numbers: The Wage Gap

Tomorrow, the Census Bureau will release new data on poverty, income, and health insurance in the U.S. in 2013. As we get ready to crunch numbers, we thought it would be helpful to take a deeper look at what these numbers tell us — and don’t tell us — about the wage gap.

The typical American woman who works full time, year round was still paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to her male counterpart in 2012. For women of color, the gaps are even larger. This blog post provides details about the wage gap measure that the Census Bureau and the National Women’s Law Center use, factors contributing to the wage gap, and how to shrink the gap.

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The Story Behind the Numbers: Health Insurance

Posted by Stephanie Glover, Health Policy Fellow | Posted on: September 15, 2014 at 09:07 am

Tomorrow, the Census Bureau will release new data on poverty, income, and health insurance in the United States in 2013. As we get ready to crunch numbers, we thought it would be helpful to take a deeper look at what these numbers will tell us about health insurance.

Where does this data come from?

Once a year, the Census Bureau includes additional questions on health coverage and income within their monthly Current Population Survey. This supplement is known as the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). The ASEC questions regarding health insurance explore whether each member of the respondent household had insurance coverage throughout the previous calendar year, and if so, what kind of coverage. According to the Census Bureau, the ASEC is the most widely used source of data on health insurance coverage in the U.S.

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The Story Behind the Numbers: Poverty

Posted by | Posted on: September 15, 2014 at 09:01 am

This week, the Census Bureau will release new data on poverty, income, and health insurance in the U.S. in 2013. As we get ready to crunch numbers, we thought it would be helpful to take a deeper look at what these numbers tell us— and don’t tell us—about poverty. Here are a few FAQs on poverty and the Census Bureau data.

What does the poverty rate measure?

The poverty rate measures the percentage of the U.S. population with income below the federal poverty threshold, often referred to as the “poverty line,” for their family size (e.g., $23,624 in 2013 for a family of four with two kids). Income is calculated before taxes and includes only cash income such as earnings, pension/retirement income, Social Security, unemployment benefits, and child support payments.

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