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April 03, 2006

Who doesn’t have health insurance

About 40 million people in the United States don’t have health insurance, and N.C. State University’s Mike Walden says they fall into three groups.

“The reason behind each is different. One-third of the people are low income people who are actually eligible for government health insurance programs but they have just not signed up for them,” explains Walden, an economist with North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

“Another third are also low-income persons who aren’t eligible for government programs because they are uninsured for a relatively short period of time. And then the final one third are higher income people generally making over $50,000 a year who are not eligible for government programs and who choose not to purchase health insurance probably because of its costs.”

Posted by deeshore at April 3, 2006 08:00 AM