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Study: Immigrants are More Likely to Be Uninsured

Your likelihood of being uninsured in 2003 was 47.1 percent if you were foreign born not a citizen but only 14.7 percent if you were native born, according to a report issued this June by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

The likeliood for native children with two foreign born parents was 17.8 percent; for foreign born naturalized it was 21.2 percent, the report added.

Native born Americans do account for most of the uninsured, it stated. 33 million of the 44.7 million uninsured were native born. However, the likelihood of being uninsured is increasing for immigrants while remaining stable for the native born.

According to the report, the longer an immigrant has resided in the United States, the more likely he is to be insured. The chance of being uninsured rises as follows:

Decade: Percent
Before 197021.4
1970-197936.2
1980-198943.0
1990-199947.4
2000-200453.4


The uninsured immigrant population mostly resides in four states: California, Texas, New York, and Florida. Statewide breakdown is as follows:

StatePercentage Number (Millions)
Total10011.6
California273.2
Texas151.7
New York101.1
Florida91
Illinois40.4
New Jersey40.4
Arizona30.4
North Carolina30.3
Maryland20.3
Georgia20.2
Washington20.2
Virginia20.2
Colorado20.2
Massachusetts20.2
Oregon10.2
Ohio10.1
Nevada10.1
Pennsylvania10.1
Other States101.2

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Posted by: Duncan Kinder on Jun 14, 05 | 3:57 pm | Profile


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