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New Census data highlight the uninsured

The NC Justice Center released the following press release this morning:

One-in-six North Carolinians Lack Health Coverage, Job-Based Coverage Weakening, New Census Bureau Data Show

Findings Highlight Need for Comprehensive Health Reform

Roughly one in six North Carolinians lacked health coverage in 2007 and 2008, according to Census Bureau data released today. These findings, which will almost certainly worsen in 2009 because of the recession, highlight the need to enact comprehensive health care reform.

‘These numbers demonstrate the need to pass comprehensive health reform this year,’ said Adam Searing, director of the North Carolina Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition. ‘More and more North Carolinians are losing their jobs and their insurance. We must ensure that these families have access to affordable, quality health coverage regardless of age or health status.’

Nearly 16 percent (15.9 percent) of North Carolinians were uninsured in 2007-2008, compared with 13.4 percent at the start of the decade (2000-2001).

The Census figures for North Carolina average two years of survey data in order to improve the reliability of the estimates.

The number of uninsured in North Carolina is likely to be much higher in 2009 because of accelerated job loss in the state resulting from the recession.  North Carolina lost 42,000 jobs in 2008 compared to late 2007 but has already lost an additional 218,000 jobs through July of this year.   (Since the start of the recession in December 2007, NC has lost, on net, at total of 260,000 jobs). 

This year Congress should pass comprehensive health reform legislation that expands access to affordable, adequate health care, slows the growth in health care costs, and is paid for in a fair, responsible way.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Adam Searing, director, Health Access Coalition, 919.856.2568; Jeff Shaw, communications director, NC Justice Center, 919.863.2402 (office), 503.551.3615 (mobile).

2 Comments

  1. xinunus

    September 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    45.7 Million Uninsured Breakdown
    ——————————————–
    Illegal Immigrants = 9.3 million
    Medicad Undercount = 6.4 million
    Medicaid/SCHIP Eligible = 4.3 million
    Childless Adults = 5.0 million
    Over 300% of Poverty = 10.1 million
    Remaining Uninsured = 10.6 million

    Medicad Undercount – People who are on one of two government health insurance programs, Medicaid or S-CHIP, but mistakenly (intentionally or not) tell the Census taker that they are uninsured.

    Medicaid/SCHIP Eligible – Eligible for free or heavily subsidized government health insurance (again, either Medcaid or SCHIP), but have not signed up.

    Childless Adults – Adults between ages 18 and 34 and without kids.

    Over 300% of Poverty – Do not fit into any of the above categories, and they have incomes more than 3X the poverty level.

    Remaining Uninsured – U.S. citizens, with income below 300% of poverty, not on or eligible for a taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program, and not a childless adult between age 18 and 34.

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