Magazine article Workforce

Many Americans Are Still Uninsured

Magazine article Workforce

Many Americans Are Still Uninsured

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NEW DATA SHOW THAT 17 percent of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population didn't have private or public health insurance in the early part of 1996. The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) was released in early May by the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) and cosponsor the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), both based in Rockville, Maryland.

The AHCPR and the NCHS surveyed a nationally representative group to determine health status, health-care use and expenses, and health-insurance coverage of individuals and families in the United States, including nursing home residents, over time.

The survey found that:

Men were more likely (19 percent) than women (15 percent) to be uninsured.

Persons in the South and West were more likely to be uninsured than those in the Northeast or Midwest. Fortyone percent of uninsured Americans lived in the South.

More than 33 percent of Hispanics, 23 percent of blacks and slightly under 14 percent of other Americans were uninsured.

More than 15 percent of children under 18 years were uninsured.

The MEPS considered persons uninsured if they had no health-care coverage from January 1, 1996, until the date of their first interview-an average of five months. …

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