Uninsured are mostly working

Nearly three in four Mississippians who do not have health insurance are in working families or work full or part-time.

A new report released Tuesday paints a glum picture of health insurance coverage in Mississippi, but it is in line with the national picture that shows one in three Americans under age 65 were uninsured at some point during 2007-2008.

The report by the health consumer organization Families USA finds that 950,000 Mississippians, or about 37 percent of the state’s population under age 65, were uninsured for at least a month during that time.

The majority of that number, over 700,000 men and women, were uninsured for six months or longer.

Ron Pollack, Families USA executive director, called the number of Mississippians without health coverage “worse than an epidemic.”

Over half of the Mississippians who fell in this category have incomes twice below the poverty line.

Families USA based its study on statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

The USA Families also reports that Mississippi blacks are more likely to be uninsured than whites, citing 46 percent without health insurance in the 2007-2008 period, compared to 28 percent for whites.


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