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January 2007

The Interplay of Age, Access to Health Care, and Insurance Status: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Arch Neurol. 2007;64(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/archneur.64.1.15

Over 45 million Americans lack health insurance1–an unacceptably high number. These uninsured individuals are more often younger (<age 65 years) than insured individuals. Warning: A more detailed look at the numbers may cause vertigo. Contingent workers (with no employee benefits) now represent more than 25% of the American workforce.1 Those at the beginning of their working lives are now facing a scarcity of jobs with good benefits. A third of young American adults between 18 and 24 years of age lack health care coverage. Four of every 5 uninsured Americans come from working families.2