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Health Agencies Update
October 16, 2002

Health Insurance in Households

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JAMA. 2002;288(15):1838. doi:10.1001/jama.288.15.1838-JHA20010-4-1

If just one member of a family does not have health insurance, it adversely affects the health, emotional well-being, and financial stability of the entire household, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine, Health Insurance Is a Family Matter. Roughly 58 million people in the United States are uninsured or live with a family member who is uninsured. The report, available online at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10503.html, found that uninsured parents delay seeking care for themselves and their children. Uninsured children are less likely to have a regular source of primary care than insured children, and they use medical and dental services less often.

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