Economic downturn effects changes in health insurance coverage

January 28th, 2004 by Julie Ferguson

Thanks to Pulse for pointing us to the study Changes In Health Insurance Coverage During The Economic Downturn: 2000 – 2002. The study reports that the uninsured population has grown by 3.8 million during that time period. Low-income Americans, particularly males and nonparents, fared the worst, as gains in public programs failed to offset lost employer-sponsored coverage. Look to the possibility of more uninsured workers trying to secure coverage where they can – this includes potential cost shifting to the workers’ comp system.

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