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Study Finds More Moderate and Middle-Income American Families Uninsured

Posted Oct 22 2008 9:31pm

The following bit was in my last ACHE newsletter:

According to a recent Commonwealth Fundstudy, two of five working-age Americans with yearly incomes between $20,000 and $40,000 were uninsured for at least part of the past year, a dramatic and rapid increase from 2001 when just over a quarter of those Americans were uninsured.

Lower-income adults were still the most likely to be uninsured. Of an estimated 48 million working-age Americans uninsured during the year, 67 percent were in families where at least one person was working full time.

A multimedia presentation about the study, "Gaps in Health Insurance: An All-American Problem," is available athttp://www.cmwf.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=367876

How to provide coverage to the uninsured also was recently brought to the nation's attention during Cover the Uninsured Week 2006. To learn more about addressing the needs of the uninsured, visitwww.covertheuninsured.org.

On resources for the uninsured is the California Uninsured HelpLine ™— 800.234.1317(Expanding to other states soon!)

The Help Line is a brand new phone service designed to help Californians find “free and low-cost health insurance.” Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in multiple languages, the service is staffed by friendly Information Specialists who can provide callers with three main services. They can:

  1. describe the public or private options for which the caller may be eligible,
  2. connect a caller to representatives from various plans, and
  3. help find special resources pertaining to a caller’s unique health insurance eligibility situation.

Another resource I found this week is InsureMe.com which provides multiple health (and other) Insurance quotes for free.  It may be a valuable resource to those moderate middle income Americans across the country looking for insurance.

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