Most Uninsured New Yorkers Not Offered Health Insurance by Employers. (Recent Health Care Developments)

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Most Uninsured New Yorkers Not Offered Health Insurance by Employers. (Recent Health Care Developments)


While public attention has focused on the success of recent efforts to expand health insurance coverage in New York State for uninsured children, most uninsured New Yorkers are adults. According to data released recently by the United Hospital Fund, approximately 2.4 million of the estimated 3 million New Yorkers without health insurance are from ages 19 to 64. Moreover, three-quarters of the uninsured are employed or are the children of workers.

The data on New York State's uninsured released in the Fund's new publication, Coverage Trends Among New Yorkers, 1995-1999, also indicate that 9 out of 10 uninsured workers did not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance.

According to the report, about 1.5 million of the State's 3 million uninsured residents are eligible for public insurance coverage through Medicaid or other programs, such as Child Health Plus or Family Health Plus. However, while an estimated 72 percent of uninsured children are eligible for public coverage, only about 35 percent of uninsured adults are eligible for such programs. …

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