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New Report Shows One-third of Americans Under 65 ...

Posted on 13 Mar 09

New Report Shows One-third of Americans Under 65 Without Health Coverage
In Last Two Years

A new report from the advocacy group Families USA shows that one-third of Americans under age 65 - 86.7 million people – have gone without health insurance at some point during the past two years. This report indicates that the lack of access to health coverage in the United States is greater than government data suggests.

The report evaluated how many people under age 65 went without either public or private health insurance for some or all of the two-year period covering 2007 and 2008. People 65 and older are covered by the government's Medicare program.

According to the report, of 262 million Americans under 65, 33 percent were uninsured at some point during those two years. This included 60.1 million adults and 26.6 million children and teens up to age 18.

Among those uninsured, 75 percent had no coverage for at least six months and 60 percent for at least nine months, according to the report based on survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

About 52 percent of individuals and families with incomes between the official poverty line and twice the poverty line -- $21,200 to $42,400 of annual income for a family of four -- were uninsured at some point during 2007 and 2008.

The government's most recent official estimate, based on Census Bureau figures, put the number of uninsured at 45.7 million in 2007. But that figure included only those who had no coverage for the entire year.