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News from EPI Media Advisory: EPI to Hold Press Call on 2012 Census Data on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

On Tuesday, September 17 at 12:30 p.m. ET, Economic Policy Institute President Lawrence Mishel and economist Elise Gould will hold a media teleconference to discuss their analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 data on income, poverty and health insurance coverage.

“One bright spot we expect to see is in the health insurance coverage data,” said Gould. “As the Affordable Care Act begins to unfold, young adults are increasingly obtaining insurance on their parents’ policies, creating an important safety net against their poor labor market prospects.”

Mishel and Gould are two of the co-authors of EPI’s “The State of Working America, 12th Edition,” which shows that the vast majority of American workers have not benefited from economic growth over the past 30 years, primarily due to policies that have exacerbated income inequality. While the Great Recession officially ended in the summer of 2009, the labor market continued deteriorating through early 2010 and has since seen just enough job growth to keep up with population growth, but not enough to begin undoing the damage caused by the Great Recession. The aftereffects of the Great Recession are still being felt through a persistently weak labor market, lower incomes for the majority of working Americans, and a poverty rate that remains elevated. During the conference call, Mishel and Gould will discuss how the 2012 data relate to these trends.

WHAT: EPI press conference call on 2012 on income, poverty and health insurance data

WHO: Lawrence Mishel, EPI President

Elise Gould, EPI Director of Health Policy Research

WHEN: Tuesday, September 17, 12:30 p.m. ET

Call-in Info: Number: 1-800-351-4898 Passcode: CENSUS