The number of uninsured Americans grew 11.2%, or 4.6 million people, from 2001 to 2004 as federal spending per uninsured person dropped 8.9% to $498 from $546, according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Although overall federal spending on the uninsured increased during the period, it did not increase enough to offset inflation, higher costs and the growing number of uninsured, the commission said in a policy briefing based on five reports. The result: further stress on an already-depleted system of safety-net care, said Jack Hadley, a researcher at the Urban Institute who was involved in the analyses. Read more on the commission's Web site. -- by Matthew DoBias
Federal funds didn't keep up with uninsured: report
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