Current estimates put the number of uninsured around 45 million [1]and many individuals and families do not have adequate health care coverage.

Research shows that many people do not pursue coverage because they believe that they cannot afford it, despite the fact that most of these people do not know how much health care coverage costs. Affordable coverage is in fact available for many of these individuals, and free programs already exist to cover many more who cannot afford coverage.

Programs to assist individuals find affordable health care coverage:

  • Health Access America - an initiative linking uninsured individuals with public and private health care coverage.

  • Programs providing assistance in paying for health care costs:

In an effort to improve access to health care for the under and uninsured, federal stimulus funding has been set aside to assist community health centers across the country provide care free of charge or at a greatly reduced price. Federal funding will go towards both opening new community health centers and expanding centers already operating.

This money comes at a crucial time. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, community health centers and clinics have seen a sharp rise in the number of patients they serve as a result of the recession and the rising unemployment rate.

[1] Kaiser Family Foundation Fast Facts, October 7, 2008.

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