13 million young American adults without health insurance

08:45, February 25, 2010      

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Nearly 13 million young American adults, or one thirds of the total, had no health insurance in 2008, said a report released on Wednesday.

The report by the National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that among over 9,000 people aged 20 to 29, about 30 percent had no insurance coverage, and young men in the age range were 36 percent more likely than young women to be insured.

The majority of young adults, about 58 percent, had private health insurance coverage, and young women with private coverage were more likely to utilize medical services than young men with the same coverage, said the report.

According to NCHS, young adults from 20 to 29 years old account for 14 percent of the total American populations but more than a quarter of the 45 million uninsured.

The large number of uninsured people in the U.S. was put under spotlight as the Obama administration is pushing forward with the health care reform that aims at expand coverage to 31 million currently uninsured people.

However, the White House proposal that was estimated to cost 950 billion U.S. dollars in next 10 years was hit by opposition from Republicans and some financially conservative Democrats.

Source: Xinhua
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