Uninsured Americans
Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

 The number of uninsured young adults in the United States continues to rise. In todayís 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Ed Hill takes a look at a growing problem and discusses whatís being done about it.

The number of uninsured young adults in the United States continues to rise and the 19- to 29-year-old age group is one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the population without health insurance, according to a report by The Commonwealth Fund.

The report found that 38 percent of high school graduates who do not attend college and 34 percent of college graduates will spend some time uninsured in the year after graduation.

The number of uninsured young adults increased to 13.7 million in 2006, up from 13.3 million the previous year.

Young adults from low-income households are most at risk: 72 percent of the 13.7 million uninsured young adults live in households with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level.

The report found that two-thirds of young adults who had a time without insurance coverage in the past year had gone without needed health care because of cost.

Efforts are under way to address the problem. Twenty states have passed legislation requiring insurance companies to extend dependent coverage to young adults older than 18 or 19.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Ed Hill.