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New Survey Finds Rising Numbers of Uninsured in Moderate- and Middle-Income American Families

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A new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that not only are uninsured rates among adults rising, but there has been a marked jump among people with modest incomes. Two of five working-age Americans with incomes between $20,000 and $40,000 a year were uninsured for at least part of the past year—a dramatic and rapid increase from 2001 when just over one-quarter of those with moderate incomes were uninsured, according to the new report, Gaps in Health Insurance: An All-American Problem, prepared for the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System.

Lower-income adults were still the most likely to be uninsured, however. The vast majority of the uninsured are in working families: of the estimated 48 million working-age Americans uninsured during the year, 67 percent were in families where at least one person was working full-time.

See the survey questionnaire, methodology, and full report at right, as well as statements from health policy experts James Mongan, M.D., president and CEO of Partners HealthCare; Fernando Guerra, M.D., director of the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District; Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health; and Gerald Shea, assistant to the president for government affairs at the AFL-CIO.

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Watch a multimedia presentation about the findings by lead author Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., senior program officer and director of the Fund's Program on the Future of Health Insurance.

Publication Details

Publication Date: April 1, 2006