America's Uninsured: The Statistics and Back Story


  • Diane Rowland,

    1. Executive Vice President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Executive Director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
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  • Adele Shartzer

    1. Special assistant to Diane Rowland. She currently is a doctoral student in health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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This article provides an overview of why health insurance matters, a profile of the uninsured, and a discussion of the roles and limits of private and public health insurance as sources of coverage. It concludes with reflections on the current health insurance environment and prospects for reform.