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Topic: Uninsured

Health reform targets people who do not have insurance. In 2013, there were about 1.8 million people in Illinois without health insurance.

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Number of Uninsured Residents in Illinois Communities

These October 2010 estimates of the states uninsured residents by PUMAs are derived from the 2008‐2009 American Community Survey.

State Health Facts: Coverage and Uninsured Indicators

A resource on health coverage and the uninsured, from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Health Facts service. A number of data sets are available for health insurance status for various demographic groups and by FPL; nonelderly uninsured with and without employer coverage or Medicaid; single-year uninsured estimates; and private-sector coverage.

Uninsured Quiz

The large number of uninsured people in the United States has been at the forefront of health policy discussion for decades, and in recent years has received increased attention with the passage of the health reform law in 2010. How much do you know about the uninsured population and the consequences of not having coverage? Take this quiz from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Uninsured: A Primer

Key facts about Americans without health insurance, assembled on the eve of coverage expansions by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In 2012, over 47 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured. Nearly all of the elderly are insured by Medicare, yet nearly 640,000 of the elderly were uninsured in 2012.

The Homeless: Key Lessons for Medicaid Expansion

This September 2012 issue paper from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured explores issues surrounding Medicaid coverage and care for the homeless population to identify enrollment and access barriers, strategies to overcome these barriers, and considerations for the upcoming expansion.

The ACA and Midwest AAPI Communities

This presentation by the Asian Health Coalition at the September 2012 “Aspiration: Advancing Justice” conference” speaks to the effect of Affordable Care Act implementation on Midwest communities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The Number of Uninsured fell in 2011, Largely Due to Reform

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on a Census Bureau announcement stating that, in 2011, the number of uninsured Americans fell for the first time in four years. The Census data suggest that health reform and other federal policies are responsible for a significant part of the gains in coverage.

Medicaid Expansion: Who Could Gain Coverage?

An August 2012 state-by-state analysis, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and prepared by researchers at the Urban Institute, examining the characteristics of uninsured nonelderly adults who could be newly-eligible for Medicaid, and finds that the approximately 15 million uninsured adults are a diverse group in terms of age, race, and ethnicity.

Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion: How Many Left Behind?

This July 2012 analysis from Urban Institute Health Policy Center finds that state decisions may leave without coverage 11.5 million of the 15.1 million uninsured adults who would be newly eligible for Medicaid.

Dying for Coverage: The Deadly Consequences of Being Uninsured

Uninsured adults are at least 25% more likely to die prematurely than adults who have private insurance. This June 2012 report from Families USA gives state-level breakdowns of the 26,100 people between the ages of 25 and 64 who died prematurely due to a lack of health insurance in 2010.

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