One out of every three nonelderly Americans, or 89.6 million people, went without healthcare coverage at some point over the past two years, with the majority of those individuals coming from working families, a new report released by Families USA has found. In comparison, over the two-year period between 1999 and 2000, 72.5 million individuals spent some amount of time uninsured, a difference of more than 17 million.
The numbers take recently released Census Bureau data, which showed that 47 million Americans were uninsured, a step further. The Census data counts those individuals who go without insurance for a full year, while the Families USA report shows how many individuals had gaps in coverage over a specific time.
According to the report, California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois led the country in the number of occasionally uninsured individuals.
The expansion of health coverage in America is no longer simply a matter of altruism about other people, but a matter of intense self-interest, said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA. -- by Matthew DoBias
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