MARCH 5, 2003
Jennifer Laudano or Kati Anderson (202) 628-3030
Nearly One Out of Three Non-Elderly Americans
Uninsured for All or Part of 2001-2002;
New State-by-State Report Finds That 75 Million
People Were Uninsured in Last Two Years, Most For Very Long
Periods of Time
- March 5 - Families USA prepared a report for Cover the Uninsured
Week (CTUW) that was released today by The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation as part of the kickoff for CTUW. The Families USA report,
based on Census Bureau data, found that 74.7 million Americans
under 65 years of age - almost one out of three (30.1 percent)
- were uninsured at some point during 2001-2002. Almost two-thirds
(65 percent) of these uninsured people were without health coverage
for at least six months, and nearly one-quarter (24 percent) were
uninsured throughout the two-year period.
is the statement of Ron Pollack, executive director of Families
USA, concerning the report:
in this report should represent a sea change in the way we think
about the uninsured. Now that almost one out of three non-elderly
Americans experienced significant periods without health insurance,
the uninsured problem is no longer simply an issue of altruism
about other people, but it is also one of self-interest for us
"As the 75
million who were uninsured over the past two years reflect, working
families are increasingly at risk of becoming uninsured - whether
due to a pink slip from a job, unaffordable cost increases, or
cutbacks in employer and public health coverage.
and growing portions of the U.S. population becoming uninsured,
we are moving towards a political tipping point that will require
real and meaningful action to expand health coverage."
is available on the Families USA web site at www.familiesusa.org
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