Uninsured Veterans and Family Members: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 27, 2012

Uninsured Veterans and Family Members: Who Are They and Where Do They Live? Timely Analysis of Immediate Health Policy Issues, May 2012. Jennifer Haley and Genevieve M. Kenney

  • “According to the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS), one in 10 of the nation’s 12.5 million nonelderly veterans reports neither having health insurance coverage nor using Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. While veterans are less likely than the rest of the nonelderly population to be uninsured, there are an estimated 1.3 million uninsured veterans nationwide. Another 0.9 million veterans use VA care, but have no other health insurance coverage. An additional 0.9 million adults and children in veterans’ families are uninsured. Both uninsured veterans and their family members report significantly less access to needed health care than their counterparts with insurance coverage. Compared with insured veterans, uninsured veterans have served more recently, are younger, have lower levels of education, are less likely to be married, and are less connected to the labor force—all of which could contribute to lower access to employer-sponsored coverage.”
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