Census: Norwalk Poverty, Uninsured Rates Rising

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The U.S. Census Bureau released data from its American Community Survey for Fairfield County and its biggest cities Thursday.
The U.S. Census Bureau released data from its American Community Survey for Fairfield County and its biggest cities Thursday. Photo Credit: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – More residents in Fairfield County were living below the federal poverty level and without health insurance in 2012 compared with recent years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau released data from its 2012 American Community Survey on Thursday. The numbers included the number of residents without health insurance and those living with incomes below the federal poverty level.

The federal poverty level is adjusted each year based on economic trends, and is determined by a sliding scale based on the number of people in a household. For example, the guideline for a family of four in 2013 is an income of $23,550 per year.

In 2012, an estimated 372,000 people in Connecticut lived in households with an income below the federal poverty line, or 10.7 percent of the population. Among those, 117,000 were under 18, or 14.8 percent of all children in the state. Both of those rates increased significantly from 2008, when 9.3 percent of all people and 12.6 percent of children lived below the poverty line.

“We need to look at all of the contributing factors—state and federal programs and taxes, the federal minimum wage, and employers that need to offer higher wages and benefits,” said Jillian Gilchrest, policy director for the Connecticut Association for Human Services, a statewide advocacy group.

The Census Bureau also released city-by-city data for all cities with more than 65,000 residents. Of the four Fairfield County towns that qualified, Bridgeport had the highest poverty rate, with 25.3 percent of residents and 37.6 percent of those under 18 under the threshold.

Norwalk had the second-highest rates (10.3 percent total, 13 percent of children), followed by Danbury (9.3 percent, 11 percent of children) and Stamford (7.7 percent, 9.7 percent of children). Fairfield County’s overall poverty rate was 8.9 percent overall and 11 percent for those under 18, both slightly higher than in 2008.

About 9.1 percent of Connecticut residents did not have health insurance in 2012, which was not a statistically significant increase from the year before. But the number of children without coverage rose over the last year, from 2.9 percent in 2011 to 3.8 percent in 2012.

“The apparent increase in uninsured children over this one-year period is concerning and surprising, given that we’ve seen thousands more uninsured children enrolling in the HUSKY health insurance program,” said Sharon Langer, senior policy fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children.

Norwalk was the Connecticut city with the biggest change in uninsured rate, especially among children. An estimated 14 percent of Norwalk residents under 18 did not have health insurance in 2012, compared with just 3.5 percent in 2011. The city’s overall uninsured rate climbed from 12.1 percent to 15.1 percent.

Countywide, the percentage of people without health insurance in 2012 was 11.4 percent, a statistically insignificant change compared to the last year. But among children the rate climbed from 3.2 percent to 5.1 percent in Fairfield County year-to-year.

Bridgeport had the highest uninsured rate in Fairfield County, with 23.4 percent of its residents and 8.5 percent of its children without coverage in 2012. Danbury was next with 18.4 percent of all residents uninsured and a 2.4 percent rate for those under 18. About 15.2 percent of all Stamford residents and 8.9 percent of children in the city were also uninsured.

But advocates such as Frances Padilla, president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, expect the number of uninsured residents to go down soon, with the opening of Access Health CT, the state’s healthcare exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act. The exchange will allow residents without employer-paid healthcare to buy packages at rates set by the exchange.

“This is the state’s opportunity to level some of the disparities we see and our foundation stands ready to help in making sure the next phase of the Affordable Care Act brings much–needed relief to hard-working families,” Padilla said.

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Socialism or the art of living off of someone else's labors, will eventually destroy the fabric of our American heritage. Economic freedom will be a thing of the past. Productive citizens will be thwarted by coercive government taxes and regulations while the lazy, drug store cowboys among us will become increasingly dependent on government handouts...mere wards of the state. Disabled citizens will not be able to obtain the help they truly need simply because they will be blended in with the lazy.

The incentive to achieve the highest levels of self-actualization and life's purpose...that spurs so much happiness ...will become a relic. Socialist zombies will walk the Earth, the triumph of elite led government tyranny will rule the minions....you fools are throwing it all away. Sad.

Instead of wasting time with 40 attempts to repeal ObamaCare, why don't the Reps present a viable health plan to the country? Surely that is the best way to win voters. Don't keep telling me what WON'T work, tell me what WILL. Every time I call the RNC to ask about what coverage they would offer, I just receive the run-around with vague answers.

The Cleveland Clinic doctors are unique in that they receive a regular paycheck through employment rather than a pay-for-service fee. How many physicians would accept that these days?

Poverty in Norwalk especially when it's sandwiched bewtween Rowayton/Darien and Westport. But don't worry Bud Morten just informed us that the report is misleading and in fact IF the report took into account government aid and assistance, the so called "poor" Norwalk residentsare not living in poverty.  is no povery in Norwalk. Poverty-shmoverty. Right, Bud Morten? In fact if you drive down South Norwalk you can see all those shiny new cars and the Whole Foods groceries being loaded into the homes of all those getting government assistance, they are living the life! Right Bud?
The Heritage Foundation is a joke along with ALEC...ensuring their way of life doesnt change but making the poor get less. 

Let me educate the people on who the Heritage Foundation really is...since Bud Morten was so quick to thump their chest. 

Although he was fired a day after his report, this is the kind of mentality The Heritage Foundation supports...
Courtesy of Ex- Heritage Foundation member, Richard Finewine:

'No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.‘



So when you go vote again, do some research and do not vote for any politician who supports The Heritage Foundation or ALEC. 
These are the folks trying to divide the nation, not the President or the media (who owns the media by the way ?) not the poor.

The "poor" (or "not so poor" according to The Heritage Foundation) usually score lower on I.Q. Tests, not because they are of minority descent, but because there is less money to spend on museums, art galleries and vacations to historical sites, etc. 
One has to be exposed to other cultures and world events in order to expand the mind and I.Q., that is the truth behind any "I.Q. Disparity" ... If immigrants have low I.Q.'s then how do you explain the citizens of New Orleans who last month when polled believe Obama is responsible for the lack of government response after Hurricane Katrina? Or did The Heritage Foundation conduct that survey and only asked latino immigrants in New Orleans the question. 
Educate yourselves people. Thank you.

The GOP Is Terrified Obamacare Could Be a Success

Has anyone else noticed how pathetically frightened the Republican Party is that Obamacare just might succeed

I know, we’re all supposed to think the End Is Nigh because the government has decided to give the 10 percent of large employers who don’t insure their workers another 365 days to do so before levying a small penalty. This could not possibly be a reasonable accommodation to protect jobs and businesses, because as everybody knows, this president hates jobs and businesses.

No, this brief delay must be a sign that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is destined to result in abject failure. After all, that’s what every Congressional Republican with the ability to hit send on a press release has told us, over and over again, hoping that repeating their prediction enough times will somehow make it true.

But here’s my question: if Republicans are so confident Obamacare will end badly, why not just shut up about it? It’s not like they have the votes to repeal the law—a math problem they still haven’t solved after 37 different tries. Their appeal to the Supreme Court ended in defeat at the hands of a conservative chief justice. And now the bulk of the plan will begin to take effect in just a few months.

At this point, why not sit back and wait for this crazy experiment to self-destruct? Why not let President Obama and the Democrats reckon with the millions of angry Americans who will undoubtedly hate their new insurance or their new insurance protections?

Because Republicans are terrified that Obamacare could actually work. Already, the law has provided 54 million Americans free access to preventive services like check-ups and mammograms. More than six million seniors have saved more than six billion dollars on their prescriptions. Nearly 13 million consumers have received more than one billion dollars in rebates from insurance companies that had overcharged them. There are more than three million happy young adults who have been allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. And in California, a state that represents one-fifth of the U.S. economy, we’ve learned that premiums for the law’s new insurance options have come in lower­ than expected.

As these successes build, Republicans are naturally coping with their fear the only way they know how: by scaring the hell out of everyone else. The Koch brothers, not content with the millions they flushed down the toilet on Karl Rove’s 2012 electoral strategy, are spending millions more on ads that tell the same previously debunked lies about the health-care law. Mitch McConnell, still pursuing his top legislative priority of defeating a president who can no longer be defeated, actually threatened the NFL for even considering the administration’s request to help educate uninsured Americans about the fact that they can now receive affordable coverage under the law.

Obamacare Has Been 'Amazing Success Story'

Already, the Obama health care reform has succeeded in preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parent’s health insurance until they turn 26. And many other parts of the law have begun to improve the lives of millions of Americans.

For example, it already requires insurance companies to provide coverage for preventive services such as immunization, screenings and counseling services. In 2011, almost 33 million Medicare beneficiaries and 54 million Americans with private insurance used these services for free. Starting this summer, millions of women will be able to have free mammograms and health counseling.

The Act also closed the costly prescription drug coverage gap in Medicare Part D, more commonly known as the “doughnut hole.” Four million seniors and disabled citizens have saved an estimated $3.2 billion on prescription drugs. More savings are ahead as the law becomes fully implemented.

Americans enrolled in Medicare Advantage — or “Medicare Part C” — have had their premiums lowered by 16 percent since 2010, giving seniors access to inexpensive, quality health care.

Also, due to new enforcement powers given to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, $4.1 billion in fraudulent Medicare claims were stopped in 2011. This constitutes the single largest sum ever recovered in a single year from individuals and companies attempting to defraud the American taxpayer.

Debunked two years ago, no source. Anyone can copy and paste from a blog.

Lets focus on TODAY's news, ummm kay?

typical right wing reply...they just hate facts...too funny

Debunked, user name number 6


"Republicans want to play games of brinkmanship on the budget and the debt limit even though the foreseeable consequence will be plummeting stock markets and businesses freezing their hiring,

Horrible copy and past job. First of all, the spelling is perfect. That means for sure its copied. Second, it ends with a comma and starts with a quote.

Now, what does that have to do with TODAY's news?


Thanks To Obamacare, Young Adults And Hospitals Saved $147 Million In 2011 Alone

An estimated 3.1 million young Americans who would have lacked health coverage gained access to it thanks to an Obamacare provision that allows adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ health insurance. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that shift saved young people from paying — and hospitals from absorbing — $147 million in high medical bills for treating catastrophic conditions such as broken bones, poisonings, and traumatic brain injuries in 2011 alone.

Without the health law’s protections, uninsured young Americans would have been forced to foot the bill for these urgent care visits. “Some of those costs would have been born by individuals,” said Andrew Mulcahy, one of the study’s authors. “Some of those costs would have been ultimately been born by hospitals as uncompensated care.”

If those young people had been forced to rely on catastrophic emergency room care, they could have been at risk for financial ruin. The average ER trip costs 40 percent more than what most Americans spend on monthly rent, with the price of serious injury treatments ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $3,600 depending on the hospital. Just one serious medical condition can bankrupt Americans.

But the other option — forgoing care altogether — could be even worse, since that doesn’t help people get any better. Untreated medical issues can lead to lost productivity and could end up getting young adults fired from their jobs, or prevent them from finding one that offers health coverage. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that serious injuries contribute to more than $465 billion in medical spending and lost productivity every year.

Obamacare has eliminated those scenarios for millions of young Americans by giving them access to health coverage. Marian Mulkey, an official with the non-partisan California HealthCare Foundation, heralded the study’s findings as a solid victory for consumers. “That’s exactly what the law intended,” said Mulkey.

There’s been a slew of good news for Obamacare recently. Insurers’ opening bids for Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces have been encouraging, and employers have been stepping up workplace wellness programs for their workers in response to federal incentives in the health law.

More great news.

The Cleveland Clinic, touted by the president as one of the best examples of how the U.S. health care system should work, is now saying they will have to lay off workers as part of a $330 million budget cut that is stemming from the new health care law.

Just going to get worse every day that it passes.

Welcome to Obama's economy. In 2008, 40 million americans were in poverty, 2013 46 million in poverty. Median household income dropped by 7% under Obama. The rich? The rich are doing very well. Thank you, Obama.

The republicans should be tried for treason. Thankfully they will never see the white house again.

Small victory to defund Obamacare today. Lets watch the democrats shut down the government in order to destroy the economy even more.

Vote them all out of office people.

So typical of the Anti American Republican to attempt to shut down the government

Things are great for the ones that have 21st century skills. I find the ones that complain are those that lack education for the 21st century. In other words old has been Republicans.

This is called an "Obama Recovery" meaning he reads things from the teleprompter that sound positive and says things are great when this is reality.

But of course, many sheeple people his lies.

Your post is called factless right wing propaganda talking points.
Of course many right wing wackos believe the lies

"Fairfield County’s overall poverty rate was 8.9 percent overall and 11 percent for those under 18, both slightly higher than in 2008."

I recommend that anyone interested in this topic should understand how the word "poverty" is defined in this report (e.g., it is computed with no allowance for government transfer payments, such as food stamps, housing assistance, welfare, etc.), and should read the following report: "Poverty in America," which looks "behind these numbers at the actual living conditions of the individuals the government deems to be poor."


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