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Population without health insurance up 1.8% in 2020

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Puerto Rico Health insurance Coverage 2020

The US Census Bureau carries out a yearly survey called the American Community Survey (ACS). This is one of the main sources of demographic information for the United States and Puerto Rico. It includes questions regarding housing, income, work, poverty, and many other subjects.

The ACS 5-year estimates for 2020, which are based on information collected from 2016-2020, have recently been released. This gives us a first look at the immediate demographic and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico.

While ACS data shows Puerto Rico’s population decreasing by 62,716, the population with health insurance coverage decreased by 66,664, or 2.2%. The share of the island’s population without health insurance increased by 3,948 (1.8%), reaching a total of 219,775, or 6.8% of the total. Compared to the US, this is two percentage points lower.

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