Health Insurance:

A Profile of the Uninsured in Michigan and the United States

HRD-90-97: Published: May 31, 1990. Publicly Released: May 31, 1990.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on income, employment, age, marital status, and other characteristics of individuals without health insurance in Michigan and the United States.

GAO found that: (1) the probability of being uninsured varied by geographic region, with the highest rates in the South Central region; (2) most of the nation's insured population obtained health insurance coverage through employer- or union-sponsored plans; (3) employment growth in both Michigan and the United States occurred primarily in service industries, for which the percentage of insured workers was lower; (4) lack of health insurance coverage was higher within the low-income population; and (5) many employed persons were without health insurance coverage. GAO also found that: (1) in 1987, more than 35 million persons under age 65 did not have some form of health insurance coverage; (2) the likelihood of being uninsured was greater among youth, minorities, the unmarried, and those who did not have a college education; and (3) the data showed that the uninsured population was still one of the most prominent public health issues, both nationally and in Michigan.

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