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Trends in U.S. Health Insurance Coverage, 2001-2003

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Publication Date: August 2004

Publisher(s): Center for Studying Health System Change

Author(s): Bradley C. Strunk; James D. Reschovsky

Series: Tracking Report No. 9

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Type: Report

Abstract:

Against the backdrop of a sluggish economy and rapidly rising health insurance premiums, the proportion of Americans under age 65 covered by employer-sponsored insurance fell dramatically from 67 percent to 63 percent between 2001 and 2003. Although the decline in employer coverage could have spurred a large increase in the uninsured, the proportion of Americans without health insurance did not increase significantly, according to findings from the Center for Studying Health System Change's (HSC) Community Tracking Study Household Survey. Expansion of public health insurance—including Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)—forestalled a significant increase in the uninsured, as the proportion of the under-65 population enrolled in public coverage increased from 9 percent to 12 percent.