As industry leaders wrangle over ways to improve healthcare access for former service members in rural areas, they must also contend with the growing number of uninsured veterans. In December, the American Journal of Public Health will publish an article that reports nearly 1.8 million U.S. veterans lacked healthcare coverage in 2004, accounting for about 4.7% of all uninsured adults in the nation. An additional 3.8 million members of veterans households were also uninsured, meaning that veterans or those from their households make up 12.2% of Americas uninsured population.
Nearly 1.8 million vets uninsured
Data were taken from two federally conducted national surveysthe Current Population Survey for the years 1988-2005 and the National Health Interview Survey from 2002-04. Like other uninsured adults, most uninsured veterans are low- to middle-income workers who may be too poor to afford private coverage but are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid or free VA care, the authors said.
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