CAHI Releases 'Understanding the Uninsured'

Publication Examines the Uninsured, Offers Solutions

Mar 21, 2007, 01:00 ET from Council for Affordable Health Insurance

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Council
 for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI) released "Understanding the
 Uninsured: And What to Do About Them." The publication looks at who are the
 uninsured and why do they lack coverage. The answers will be a surprise to
     "Policymakers often talk as if the uninsured are one homogenous group,"
 said CAHI Director Dr. Merrill Matthews. "They aren't. Some of the
 uninsured have a medical condition and can't get coverage. Others have low
 incomes and can't afford it. And yet others may be young and healthy and
 don't want to spend the money. A one-size-fits-all solution for a diverse
 population almost never works."
     "Understanding the Uninsured":
     -- Outlines the various segments that make up the uninsured population;
     -- Considers some of the actions states have taken that actually make the
        problems worse; and,
     -- Identifies several targeted solutions that will actually solve much of
        the problem.
     Concluded Dr. Matthews, "Our recommendations may not earn legislators
 the title of 'visionary thinker,' but they will get people covered without
 breaking the bank."
     A copy of "Understanding the Uninsured: And What to Do About Them" is
 available on CAHI's website,
     Founded in 1992, the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI) is
 a non-profit research and advocacy association whose mission is to develop
 and promote free market solutions to America's health care challenges.
 CAHI's membership includes health insurance companies (active in the
 individual, small group, HSA, senior and reinsurance markets), small
 businesses, physicians, actuaries and insurance brokers.
     Larry Siedlick
     (703) 836-6200 ext. 389

SOURCE Council for Affordable Health Insurance