The number of uninsured Americans rose to 45.8 million in 2004 from 45 million in 2003, while the percentage held at 15.7%, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Employment-based health insurance continued a decline that started at the turn of the century, but state and federal programs picked up the slack. Some 59.8% of Americans had employment-based insurance in 2004, down from 60.4% in 2003, while 27.2% had government coverage, up from 26.6%. Read the Census Bureau's report. -- by Tony Fong
Uninsured total up, even as government rolls also grow
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