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Health Aff (Millwood). 2007 Jan-Feb;26(1):w22-30. Epub 2006 Nov 30.

The uninsured and the affordability of health insurance coverage.

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  • 1Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


The 2005 Current Population Survey (CPS) is used to estimate what share of uninsured Americans are eligible for coverage through Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), need financial assistance to purchase health insurance, and are likely able to afford insurance. Twenty-five percent are eligible for public coverage, 56 percent need assistance, and 20 percent can afford coverage. This varies across uninsured populations: 74 percent of children are eligible for public programs, and 57 percent and 69 percent of parents and childless adults, respectively, need assistance. A central conclusion is that a large percentage of uninsured adults need help purchasing health insurance.

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