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Over 45 Million Americans Now Lack Health Insurance
Date:12/16/2009

percentage of near-poor children who lacked insurance at the time of interview decreased from 15.6 percent in 2008 to 11.6 percent in the first six months of 2009.
  • At the time of interview, 80.9 percent of poor children and 57.8 percent of near-poor children were covered by a public health plan.
  • The increase in public coverage for near-poor children increased from 53.4 percent in 2008 to 57.8 percent in the first six months of 2009. This was not a significant increase, according to researchers.
  • At the time of interview, 8.4 percent of poor children and 35.1 percent of near-poor children were covered by private health insurance. Between 2008 and the first six months of 2009, there was no significant change in private coverage for poor, near-poor and not-poor children.
  • The percentage of near-poor adults younger than 65 who didn't have insurance at the time of interview increased from 2008 to the first half of 2009.
  • Lack of health insurance coverage was highest in the South and West.
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    The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has more about health insurance.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: Dec. 16, 2009, Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2009, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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