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Snapshot of the U.S. uninsured: Young, male, family working

Dec. 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A large fraction of the United States' uninsured are young, men who are either working or have someone in the family working, white or Hispanic, officials say.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's website, www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/bystate/ny.html, breaks down the demographics of the millions of uninsured U.S. adults by state.

For example, in New York 1.9 million people, or 12 percent of the state's population, are uninsured. Fifty-seven percent of uninsured New Yorkers are male, 43 percent are ages 19-34, 41 percent are white, 28 percent are Hispanic, 19 percent are African-American, and 9 percent are Asian-American or Pacific Islander.

Seventy-four percent of the uninsured New Yorkers are either working or have someone in their family working full-time.

In California, the state with the most uninsured and eligible for coverage via an online marketplace -- 5.5 million or 18 percent of the state's population -- 55 percent are male, and 72 percent are working or have someone in their family working full-time.

Forty percent of California's uninsured are ages 19-34, 50 percent are Hispanic, 29 percent are white, 12 percent are Asian-American or Pacific Islander and 6 percent are African-American.

Texas has the highest proportion of people without health insurance at 23 percent, or 4.9 million, with 79 percent working or have someone in the family working full-time. Fifty-three percent are male, 39 percent are ages 19-34, 50 percent are Hispanic, 32 percent are white, 13 percent are African-American and 4 percent are Asian-American or Pacific Islander.

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