Raising Women’s Voices

How Many Are Underinsured? Trends Among U.S. Adults, 2003 and 2007

Posted in Affordability, Insurance companies by raisingwomensvoices on July 21, 2008

In the Literature

The number of underinsured U.S. adults—that is, people who have health coverage that does not adequately protect them from high medical expenses—has risen dramatically, a Commonwealth Fund study finds. As of 2007, there were an estimated 25 million underinsured adults in the United States, up 60 percent from 2003.

Much of this growth comes from the ranks of the middle class. While low-income people remain vulnerable, middle-income families have been hit hardest. For adults with incomes above 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about $40,000 per year for a family), the underinsured rates nearly tripled since 2003.

read_more: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=688615

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