On Friday, November 4, 2005, The Kaiser Family Foundation, through its highly respected Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, issued a report on the latest health coverage trends in the U. S.
The number of uninsured Americans increased by 4.6 million persons from 2001 to 2004. Federal "safety net" funding for the same period fell from $546 to $498 per person.
Total federal spending for the uninsured increased by 1.3 percent over the same period that the number of uninsured increased by 11.2 percent.
The result was a decline in funding of 8.9% per uninsured person.
A recent study released by the Urban Institute reports that of the 6 million new uninsured between 2000 and 2004, two-thirds of the increase was among persons whose annual incomes fell below 200% of poverty (about $39,000 for a family of four).
Does any of this matter to people of faith?
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