The number of individuals in the United States without health insurance
rose from 43.45 million in 2002 to 45 million in 2003, according to statistics
released in August by the US Census Bureau.
Nationwide, 15.6% of the population had no health insurance in 2003,
up from 15.2% in 2002, according to the report, Income,
Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2003.
The Census Bureau blamed the increase on a drop in the percentage of people
covered by employment-based health insurance. While 61.3% of the population
received coverage through employers in 2002, that percentage fell to 60.4%
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