April 23rd Through the 29th is Cover the Uninsured Week

Now in its fifth year, Cover the Uninsured Week brings together business owners, union members, educators, students, patients, physicians, nurses, faith leaders and their congregants, and organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to demand that our nation’s leaders find solutions for the nearly 45 million Americans living without health insurance.

Uninsured Myths and Facts

MYTH: People are without health coverage because they don’t work.
FACT: 8 out of 10 people who are uninsured are in working families.

MYTH: Most uninsured people in the United States are minorities.
FACT: Non-Hispanic whites make up half of the uninsured.

MYTH: Most people without health insurance are poor.
FACT: In 2005, more than 32 million of the uninsured had household incomes of $25,000 or more, compared with 14.6 million in households earning less. (The federal poverty level for a family of four in 2005 was $19,350.)

MYTH: It doesn’t really matter whether a person has health insurance.
FACT: About 18,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have health coverage, according to the Nonpartisan Institute of Medicine.

MYTH: Virtually everyone who works for a large employer has health coverage.
FACT: In 2005, 23.1% of the nation’s uninsured workers age 18-64 were in firms employing more than 500 people.

Children Are at the Most Risk

When a child’s parents do not have access to health insurance they are the ones who suffer the most. That is why 10 years ago congress created the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover kids whose parents work but can’t afford health insurance on their own. Unfortunately there are still millions of kids who are uninsured and the SCHIP needs to be reauthorized by congress this year in order to continue.

What Can You do to Help?

Everyone can help by helping spread the word about Cover the Uninsured Week. Tell a friend, visit the website or check for events that are happening in your own home town. There are still 9 million uninsured children that need our help and if congress doesn’t reauthorize the program many more could be left behind. Many events are happening well into May and June so there is still time to lend a hand or help promote the programs in your area.

If you have a website you can get the code for a button to place on your site to generate awareness this week. The button looks like this:

[Source for Image and Myths & Facts: http://covertheuninsured.org]

Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle

4 comments
Leopold
Leopold

Every American should have a good and reliable health insurance.

jake
jake

MYTH: It doesnÂ’t really matter whether a person has health insurance.
FACT: About 18,000 Americans die each year because they donÂ’t have health coverage, according to the Nonpartisan Institute of Medicine.

I took an entire class on health economics and it depends on how you look at it. I have to digg through my notes and get some sources. But I think that this might be slightly wrong. In other words those that are insured and uninsured are just as healthy.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Thanks for the comment Jamie. According to the Myths/Facts on that website they cite their source for that myth as: http://www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p60-231.pdf

Page 29, table 8.

From that table, although I don't understand it completely I see for 2005 a total number of uninsured people as 46,577 (in thousands) and below that the number of non-hispanic whites at 22,144. That is just under 50%.

I'm not sure about the true accuracy or how the data was determined, but for what it's worth that is where they came to their conclusion. Thanks for bringing that to my attention, I see what you're saying about a total number.

Jaime
Jaime

I am not agree with the following myth:

MYTH: Most uninsured people in the United States are minorities.
FACT: Non-Hispanic whites make up half of the uninsured.

Non-Hispanic whites represent 70% approx, according to http://www.alertnet.org/db/cp/usa.htm . Probably I am wrong by +/- 10% (I had to do some math); the myth said than only 50% of the total is Non-Hispanic white, that means that the share of white with insurance is much bigger than others. In conclusion, I don't consider fair to interpret the myth as total number, for me, it's fair to read it as the percentage of this race, and then the myth is not a myth anymore.

This is my opinion, great blog,

Jaime