Ranks of Uninsured Drop by 1M

Poverty rate unchanged, median incomes rise
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2008 1:11 PM CDT
The number of Americans lacking health insurance dropped by more than a million last year.   (Shutter stock)
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(Newser) – There were a million fewer uninsured Americans last year, the first annual decrease under the Bush administration, according to Census Bureau data released today. Median household incomes also rose slightly for the third consecutive year, while the nation’s poverty rate held steady at just over 12%, AP reports. The encouraging figures don’t factor in the economic downturn that began late last year, however.