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Report Shows Number of Uninsured Hoosiers on the Rise

October 7, 2009

A report released today by the non profit organization Families U-S-A shows that because of the rise in unemployment, the number of Hoosiers without health insurance is also going up. The report compares the percentage of uninsured adults in 2009 with the U.S. Census Bureau’s average annual percentage of uninsured adults from 2006 to 2008. According to the analysis, the percentage of uninsured adults in Indiana grew from about 16 percent in 2006 through 2008 to a projected nearly nineteen percent in 2009. Ron Pollack is Families USA’s executive director.

“People who receive a pink slip experience a double whammy. They not only lose their jobs, but they usually also lose their health insurance as well. That’s why health care reform is so important.”

The report also says since most Americans get their health coverage through their job or that of a family member, higher unemployment rates result in more Americans joining the ranks of the uninsured. Pollack contends that while temporary options like COBRA and individual coverage are available, they are often too expensive.

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