4.04.2009

87MM Americans Uninsured Including 55% of Latinos

According to Americans at Risk: One in Three Uninsured, a new report from Families USA, a health advocacy organization, a staggering 86.7 million people were uninsured for some period of time during 2007-2008.

Adding to the nation's dismal record in this critical public policy area are the huge disparities among ethnic groups. For example, a disturbing 25.8% of Whites were uninsured, but a truly shameful 40.3% of African Americans, and a beyond shameful 55.1% of Latinos, were uninsured.

Oh...and some 80% of the uninsured were employed!

Families USA is releasing accompanying state-by-state reports. Here's a look at the disparities among Whites and Latinos in select states:
_______________Whites______Latinos
Arizona_________27.1%_______55.6%
California_______24.7%_______52.6%
Connecticut______19.4%_______48.3%
Delaware________23.1%_______60.8%
Florida__________30.2%_______54.4%
Indiana__________26.4%_______53.0%
Missouri_________27.0%_______47.1%
Nebraska________25.5%_______58.0%
Nevada__________26.8%_______58.7%
New Mexico______28.4%_______49.5%
New York________23.2%_______47.6%
Oregon__________29.3%_______66.3%
Pennsylvania_____24.6%_______46.5%
Texas____________29.2%_______60.4%