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Who are the Uninsured?

Editor’s note: This article from John Goodman contains an explanation of who are the uninsured in America?


Who exactly are the uninsured? At any given time:

  • Roughly one-fourth of the uninsured are eligible for Medicaid or a State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), or have already enrolled and are erroneously counted as uninsured. If they are not otherwise getting free care, they can generally enroll at the time of treatment — or even later!
  • More than 40% of the uninsured live in households with annual incomes in excess of $50,000 and presumably could pay premiums (or the employee’s share of premiums) — although there is some argument about the meaning of this number.
  • About one-fourth of the uninsured are immigrants, many of whom are illegal and will not be helped by health reform in any event.

Some of these categories are overlapping. Here is Keith Hennessey’s attempt to give an integrated accounting.


July 20, 2009 - Posted by | healthcare | ,

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