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Why Does Health Insurance Matter?

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): New America Foundation

Author(s): Sarah Axeen; Elizabeth Carpenter

Topic: Health (Health services for the uninsured)
Health (Quality of health care)

Keywords: Health Reform; Health Insurance

Type: Brief


According to the Census Bureau, there are 47 million uninsured Americans. But why does health insurance matter? Lack of health insurance negatively affects the overall productivity of society, the stability of emergency care, and the health and financial well-being of individuals.