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      Health coverage rises but employment-based coverage levels off

      Even as the nation moves toward October 1 and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, comes information that more Americans already have health insurance.

      The Employment Benefit Research Group - EBRI -{}a non-partisan Washington, D.C. research institute issued the report based on U.S. Census Bureau's March 2013 Current Population Survey (CPS), reflecting 2012 results.

      According to the statistics, the working-age population (18-64) with health insurance coverage{}rose to 82.3 percent in 2012. That is an increase of eight-tenths of a percent from 2011. The uninsured rate for that group was 17.7 percent last year, down from 18 percent in 2011. The EBRI report cites a leveling off in the decline of workers who get health insurance through their jobs in 2012 and flat enrollment in public-program health coverage as the major reasons for these changes.The percentage with individually purchased health coverage was slightly higher in 2012 but has basically hovered around 7 percent since 1994.Full results are published in the September 2013 EBRI Issue Brief, "Sources of Health Insurance and Characteristics of the Uninsured: Analysis of the March 2013 Current Population Survey," online at{}