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March 4, 2015 | 13th Adar 5775

Characteristics of the Uninsured

  • 81% of those without insurance are employees or family members of employees. Of these uninsured workers, most are members of families with at least one person working full-time.

  • The uninsured are predominantly low and moderate income persons who cannot afford to buy coverage in the individual market. Approximately two thirds have incomes below 200% of poverty.

  • 8.3 million children are uninsured, one-fifth of the total without coverage.

  • Large numbers of people in all racial/ethnic groups are uninsured, but minorities suffer the most. One in ten non-Hispanic whites are uninsured, one in five African-Americans are uninsured, and one in three Hispanics are uninsured.

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