Report: 2.5 Million Michigan Residents Uninsured in 2007-2008

2.5 Million Uninsured in Michigan

A new report from the health care advocacy group Families USA found that 2.5 million Michigan residents were uninsured at some point in 2007-2008. Of those 2.5 million, 1.7 million were uninsured for six months or more.

The report provides the following statistics about those without insurance in Michigan:

  • Three-quarters of Michigan’s uninsured, or 76 percent, were in working families, working full- or part-time.
  • Almost half, or 47.6 percent, of those individuals and families in Michigan with incomes below twice the poverty level–$42,400 of annual income for a family of four in 2008–went without health insurance at some point in 2007-2008.
  • In addition, one out of five, or 21.2 percent, of those individuals and families in Michigan with incomes at or above twice the poverty level–$42,400 of annual income for a family of four in 2008–went without health insurance at some point in 2007-2008.
  • While whites accounted for the largest number of uninsured in Michigan, Hispanics/Latinos and African Americans were much more likely to be uninsured than whites: 50.7 percent of Hispanics/Latinos and 39.7 percent of African Americans went without health insurance in 2007-2008, compared to 25.4 percent of whites.

Nationwide, 86.7 million Americans–or one out of three people–were uninsured at some point in 2007-2008.

There really isn’t much else to say. This adds even more weight to the argument for a national single payer health care system that provides universal coverage for everyone living in the United States.

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Author: mediamouse

Grand Rapids independent media // mediamouse.org