NU Online News Service, Aug. 3, 2004, 5:03 p.m. EDT
The weak job market may be reducing the percentage of middle-income U.S. residents who have health coverage.[@@]
The Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington, has published data supporting that conclusion in an analysis of U.S. health coverage trends data.
One table, which draws on responses to a 2003 survey of 47,000 households, shows that the percentage of U.S. residents under age 65 who lack any form of public or private health coverage increased to 15% in 2003, from 14.1% in 2001.
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Expansion of subsidized children’s health insurance programs helped cut “uninsurance rates” for nonelderly U.S. residents in families that earn less than 200% of the official federal poverty level. The percentage of U.S. residents in that income category who lacked health coverage in 2003 fell to 27.3%, from 27.7% 2 years earlier.