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Wednesday, August 02, 2006 12:00 PM

News and Numbers: U.S. Residents without Health Insurance

Rand: Health insurance allows Americans to get medical tests and other preventive services that can keep them healthy, and protect them against unforeseen illnesses and the potentially high costs of treating them. Yet 50 million Americans - roughly one of every six people in the United States - have no such protection. As a whole, young adults - those ages 19 to 24 - are most likely not to have health insurance. Just over 38 percent are uninsured. More Hispanics are uninsured than any other racial or ethnic group. Almost 37 percent of all people who identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino have no health insurance, compared with roughly 15 percent of whites, 18 percent Asian or Pacific Islanders, 23 percent of blacks, and 24 percent of people of other or multiple non-Hispanic races. These data, from AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, are from the first half of 2005.

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