The number of uninsured Nebraskans under the age of 65 is at a record high. University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health recently conducted a study on the issue. Dr. Jim Stimpson co-authored the report and says they compared levels now to those in 2000.
The report shows at least 217,000 Nebraskans do not have health insurance. That is over a 67-percent increase since 2000.
The Midwest region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin, the uninsured rate in the last ten years climbed from 10.5-percent to 14.8-percent.
16 Nebraska counties had a high uninsured rate – 21 to 31-percent in 2009.
The number of individuals with employer based insurance decreased by about 9.3-percent between 2000 and 2010 and the number of individuals who purchased insurance directly increased by about 16-percent.
Three insurance carriers make up 91-percent of the private insurance market in 2011.
A majority of the uninsured population is above the poverty threshold.
One-third worked less than full time year round
40-thousand are not U-S citizens.