Health Insurance Does Not Cover about 59 million Americans

On Tuesday, federal health officials told that around 59 million people in America were not covered under health insurance in the first part of the current year and there were many among them, who were suffering from diseases or conditions that had requirement of treatment.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that in the past ten years the health insurance coverage was lost by both adults and kids.

Those without health insurance coverage went up 4 million in the first part of 2010, as compared to the 56.4 million figures of 2008. The findings are based on the analysis of the data from the National Health Interview Survey or NHIS for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and the first quarter of 2010.

The figures show that the U. S. healthcare reform bill passed in March that claimed covering 32 million Americans under health insurance has not proved fruitful.

As per the CDC's findings, the private insurance was lost by 9% of the adults, which was counterbalanced just 5% by the public insurance. Also, 22% of the adults aged 18 to 64 are not having health insurance coverage.

Frieden exposed two myths associated with health care coverage. One is that majority of the uninsured people are poor, which is not true, as 50% of those who are without insurance coverage are above the poverty level. Other myth is that only the people with good health have not been insured, which is also wrong because two out of five individuals in the previous year suffered from some serious disease.