More Kids, Fewer Adults Have Health Coverage

JUNE 30, 2004 - Posted at 4:46 p.m. CDT

ATLANTA, GA - The federal government says more kids than ever have health insurance, but fewer adults are covered.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says last year, only 10.1 percent of kids had no health coverage, compared to 13.9 percent in 1997.  That's the lowest level ever recorded.

The increase is attributed to expanded state health insurance programs.

The news for working-age adults is not as good.  The CDC says the percentage without health coverage rose from 18.9 in 1997 to 20.1 last year.

An expert at Emory University in Atlanta says most of the country's uninsured are single adults who work for companies too small to offer health insurance.

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