Tuesday, August 30, 2005

More Americans Uninsured, Living in Poverty

FORBES - An additional 800,000 people in the United States found themselves without health insurance in 2004, new government figures show. In a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, 45.8 million people were without medical coverage in 2004, an increase of 859,000 people from the year before. The percentage of uninsured people hovered at 15.7 percent in both 2003 and 2004.

Meanwhile, the median household income was unchanged in real terms from 2003, leveling off at $44,389 in 2004. There were also no changes in the most commonly used measures of income and equality...

At the same time, the nation's poverty rate rose from 12.5 percent in 2003 to 12.7 percent in 2004. That means 1.1 million more people were living in poverty in 2004, for a total of 37 million. The poverty rate for children remained unchanged at 17.8 percent.


At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

It is unfortuante to hear that more americans are uninsured and living in poverty. I believe everyone deserves health insurance.


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