Almost one-third of uninsured U.S. workers are employed by large companies, the employers traditionally most likely to offer health insurance coverage to their workers, according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund. The percentage of uninsured workers employed by companies with more than 500 employees rose to 32% in 2001 from 25% in 1987, the study found. As of 2001, a quarter of all uninsured Americans worked for or were dependents of workers at large companies. Between 2000 and 2002, the ranks of the uninsured rose 10% to nearly 43.6 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It's likely that the number of uninsured workers also rose. "The report's finding of a sharp increase in uninsured workers in large firms points to a critical need for new national policies that target large as well as small firms," Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis said in a written statement. Read the report. -- by Laura B. Benko
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