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March 19, 2010

MIDDLE CLASS LOSING HEALTH INSURANCE THE FASTEST

JAMES RIDGEWAY, UNSILENT GENERATION - As Congress equivocates over health care the numbers of uninsured middle class people keep on growing.The numbers are doubtless increased due to the recession–which the press announces daily is at an end.

This new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ... shows that the number of middle-income earners who obtained health insurance from their employers dropped by 3 million people from 2000 to 2008. Just 66 percent of people in families earning roughly $45,000 to $85,000 are now insured through their employer—a drop of seven percentage points from 2000 to 2008.

Employer-sponsored insurance has long been the mainstay of health coverage for middle-class families, who typically do not qualify for government insurance programs. Among middle-income Americans, only about half of the decline in employer-sponsored coverage from 2000 to 2008 was offset by government insurance programs. For people who earned less money, declines in ESI were even steeper, but those numbers were mostly offset by increases in coverage through government insurance programs like Medicaid.

The result is that America's middle-class became uninsured at a pace faster than those with less or more income. In total, 13 million middle-income earners were uninsured in 2008—about 2 million more than in 2000. . .

The report - Barely Hanging On: Middle-Class and Uninsured - chronicles state-by-state health coverage trends. In the first decade of this century, nearly every state has seen increased numbers of uninsured residents, greater costs for individual and family policies for health insurance and significant erosion in private coverage.


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