Gains in Public Health Insurance Offset Reductions in Employer Coverage among Adults

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Gains in Public Health Insurance Offset Reductions in Employer Coverage among Adults

September 17, 2003

Data from the 2002 National Survey of America's Families shows that 17 percent of adults were without health insurance in 2002--similar to the rate in 1999. The number of adults without health insurance rose by 2.0 million to 29.1 million in 2002. Employer-sponsored coverage of adults fell from 72.2 to 70.5 percent while public coverage of adults increased from 4.7 to 5.7 percent. Uninsurance for Hispanics and poor adults increased by 3 percent. Uninsurance for blacks decreased by 3 percent and was unchanged for whites.

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