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HEALTH CARE: Fewer are uninsured now

Letter by Beverly P. Isenson, Steilacoom on Feb. 12, 2013 at 9:25 am | No Comments »
February 12, 2013 2:50 pm

mrz020813dAPRNotwithstanding cartoonist Michael Ramirez’s twisted cartoon about the Affordable Care Act (TNT, 2-11), more people in the 18-to-25 age group have medical insurance than before the act. They continue to be covered by their parents’ insurance.

The ranks of the uninsured dropped to 22.7 percent in January, down from 27.6 percent uninsured in January 2009, President Bush’s last month in office.

Next year, when other provisions of the act kick in, the percentage of uninsured in the 26-to-64 age group is expected to drop. Almost all people 65 and above (97.6 percent) will still enjoy the benefits of Medicare.

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