The Long-Term Uninsured in America, 2002-2005: Estimates for the U.S. Population under Age 65

Source: Jeffrey A. Rhoades, Steven B. Cohen, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS, Statistical Brief # 183, August 2007

More than 17 million Americans under age 65–almost a third of whom are middle income–could be considered continuously uninsured. This means that they have not had health insurance to help cover their medical bills for at least 4 years. Middle income Americans are defined as living in families earning between 200 percent and 400 percent of the Federal poverty thresholds, which vary according to family size and composition. In 2004, the base year for these data, poverty level income for a family of four averaged $19,307.

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