Overview of the Uninsured in the United States: an Analysis of the 2005 Current Population Survey


According to the Census Bureau's 2005 Current Population Survey (CPS), 45.8 million individuals in 2004 or 15.7% of the civilian non-institutionalized population were uninsured. Those that lack insurance represent a diverse group. Understanding the uninsured population is important for policy makers looking to design solutions to the problem. This Issue Brief describes insurance coverage in the United States and describes the key demographic characteristics of the uninsured.

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