Raising Women’s Voices

Insurance Lacking for Workers

Posted in Affordability, Health Disparities by raisingwomensvoices on March 25, 2009

American workers, whose taxes pay for massive government health programs, have, as of late, seen their premiums rising much faster than their wages.

Though workers pay taxes which assist the elderly, children, and the poor, the government provides little direct assistance to help workers cover themselves. Almost all retirees are covered, as well as nearly 90% of children, leaving workers most vulnerable.

Currently 1 in 5 workers is uninsured, up from 1 in 7 in the mid 1990s, due in large part to premiums for employer plans rising six to eight times faster than wages. In the 1990s,  eight states had 20% or more of their working population uninsured. Now that number is up to fourteen.

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For the full report, released by The Rober Wood Johnson Foundation click here

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