Gaps in health coverage among working-age americans and the consequences

Catherine Hoffman, Cathy Schoen, Diane Rowland, Karen Davis

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Abstract

This paper examines health coverage and access to care among working-age adults using the Kaiser/Commonwealth 1997 National Survey of Health Insurance. One in three (52 million) working-age adults were either uninsured at the time of the survey or had a recent gap in their health coverage in the past two years. Having even a temporary gap in health coverage made a significant difference in access to care. Compared to the elderly, who are continuously covered by Medicare, working-age adults have greater problems paying their medical bills and gaining access to care and are less satisfied with their health insurance coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-289
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Access
  • Health insurance
  • Temporary coverage
  • Uninsured
  • Working-age adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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