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Uninsured numbers expected to increase

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WASHINGTON, Aug 23, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Health experts expect the number of U.S. residents without health insurance in 2003 will be higher than the 43 million who were without coverage in 2002.

The U.S. Census Bureau calculated 43.6 million adult and children in the United States had no medical insurance two years ago and when it releases its 2003 figures on Thursday, it's widely expected there will be even more people without coverage.

"The situation is getting worse," says Kristie Darien, a lobbyist for the 250,000-member National Association for the Self-Employed, told USA Today.

Kaiser said Monday part of the reason the situation is deteriorating is that more self-employed workers in the United States are choosing to live without health insurance, USA Today reported.

About 27 percent of self-employed workers did not have health insurance in 2002, up from 24.6 percent in 2001. Overall, 18.1 percent of all workers lack insurance.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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