September 17th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

More are uninsured; what to do

In the year prior to President Obama's passage of health care reform legislation, the number of people without health insurance grew by more than 4 million. 

50.7 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2009 compared to 46.3 million uninsured Americans in 2008 , according to the new U.S. Census Bureau data.

This is the first year that the number of people with health insurance has decreasedsince the Census Bureau began counting 23-years ago, federal officials said.

But with the new health care legislation, which passed earlier this year, many of the uninsured will have new options in the next few years.

What can you do now  if you're uninsured? Here's a rundown of the government's website healthcare.gov, which you can use to find public, private and community programs in your area.

The Foundation for Health Coverage Education also offers assistance for finding health care coverage. If you'd prefer to speak to someone by phone, call the organization at 1-800.234.1317.

Check out CNN's coverage of Health Care in America, including this list of questions and answers about health reform.

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. fish

    All union workers have insurance.what else is there to say.

    September 17, 2010 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. PrettyOldLady

    The USA is the last western nation that does not guarantee health coverage for EVERY CITIZEN and this is a shame, The reason is greed from the drug makers and FDA. The drug makers rake in BILLIONS$$$ every year but the people cannot afford to go to the doctor. SHAME!
    A fimmaker has been reverisng diabetes and obesity WITHOUT DRUGS and the drug makers do not promote the story
    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

    September 17, 2010 at 11:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rex

      I would also have to say that it is due to the overwhelming number of people in this country who do not care for anyone but themselves and feel that they are the only people who deserve to live. They feel that people who become ill obviously did something wrong. They feel that the poor deserve to die because obviously they have been stupid or lazy and so why should a successfull, healthy person care. These folks think everyone else drinks kool-aid while they sip tea. They have more compassion (but not much) for stray dogs than people who suffer from illness.

      September 20, 2010 at 16:40 | Report abuse |
    • Thoomas

      Aside from the FDA and more-over drug companies you left out the prices of the health care providers! The biggest hurdle in getting and then keeping health care costs reasonable for everyone is the cost of the actual care. Hospitals and clinics cannot keep charging $75 for a Tylenol just because a nurse brings it to you. This is just one example of the bleeding of Americans that is rampant in our health care system. Insurance companies were part of the problem in that they worked in collusion with the actual providers. Other countries manage free health care (and their doctors are //still// well paid) because they don't allow price gauging. When you're sick and need the provider basically operates under the knowledge you (or your insurance) pay, or you die. This puts an undue burden on individuals either through staggering medical bills or jacked-up premiums.

      September 23, 2010 at 00:39 | Report abuse |
  3. dan kessler

    Notice: Anthem Blue Cross announced today that as of 9-23-2010 they are suspending Child Only Individual Plans in California.

    This will affect ages infant-age 18. This is a major announcement for the Health Insurance Industry and will have huge ramifications in California for anyone with children under age 19. Anyone that has children and needs insurance or has delayed getting a Child Only Plan in California has until next thursday to be grandfathered in with a Child Only Individual Anthem Blue Cross plan.

    This does not affect dependent coverage for Small Group Plans. AND As of now, Anthem Blue Cross will continue offering depndent coverage on Individual Family Plans. Other carriers are sure to be watching how this will play out. For more information contact your Health Insurance Agent or Anthem Blue Cross.

    September 17, 2010 at 16:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Frank Is Not Insured

    What to do? Lock up the thieving psychos in government and the 'health' industry and make health insurance/care a human right. Time to clean house. Simple.

    September 18, 2010 at 05:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Lexi from Raisins

    Obama's healthcare is going to pay for my Breast Implants!! Thanks OBAMA!

    September 18, 2010 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Personal Responsibility

    What to do? what to do? How about getting a job......The sky is the limit! If you are waiting around for the Government to provide healthcare...Get ready for the surprise!If you ask 10 different people what is proper healthcare you will get 10 different answers!

    September 18, 2010 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lexi

      I am 24 and I need breast implants......Obama Care covers that......right?

      September 18, 2010 at 14:51 | Report abuse |
  7. Fatts Mcghee

    Obama's healthcare is going to get me a brand new treadmill but I am going to sell it on Craig's List and buy me some Cheeseburgers...yum yum...I am 32 and weigh 420 pounds......its that darn government's fault

    September 18, 2010 at 14:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Mr Magoo's son

    Obama's new healthcare is going to pay for my Lasik.....THANKS Obama!

    September 18, 2010 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Kate Gosselin

    Obama's new healthcare is going help me have more KIDS!!! Hey get ready for my new T.V. show...KATE PLUS 80.....

    September 18, 2010 at 14:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jon Gosselin

    Obama's new healthcare is covering my new hair plugs so I can pick-up more chicks...WORK? what is that? some kind of foreign language?...THANKS Obama!

    September 18, 2010 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Richard Alder Shop Teacher

    "Hey quit screwin around you guys are always screwin around...................."

    September 18, 2010 at 16:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. The Helper

    On August 4, 2010 Good Morning America did a small story about a discount plan company and it sounded like it would be very affordable. I have looked in to the one they mentioned.

    September 19, 2010 at 00:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. ChristineWithRegence

    Want to get ideas for how you can take charge of your health care costs? Check out Whatstherealcost.org

    September 20, 2010 at 10:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. George

    Just pass a law that makes it mandatory to buy health insurance. HA HA HA HA HA!

    September 20, 2010 at 14:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Chris

    Do what the rest of the civilized world does, single payer healthcare. Every other country in the western world provides healthcare as a right, and they pay less per person than the US does. So we save hundreds of billions and everyone gets cover. Almost everyone, including some that think they have good cover, would also get better cover than they have now. Medical bankruptcy would become a historical horror story. But the health insurance industry would vanish overnight and powerful people would lose a lot of cash. So it won't happen until companies stop paying employee health benefits.

    September 20, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rex

      I have to agree with you, Chris. Unfortunately there are a great many people in this country who simply don't care about anyone but themselves, and they've lived a charmed life and feel that those less fortunate are all less fortunate because they are lazy, stupid, and worthless. Guess that includes me, now...even though I've worked hard all my life. I'm learning though that these days, you have no value as a human only have values as a person with wealth. If you are poor, you deserve to die and should just get done with it.

      September 20, 2010 at 16:31 | Report abuse |
  16. Rex

    Even with health insurance, medical costs and time lost from work is going to put me on the street, homeless, or drive me insane with all the collection calls from the providers that I still owe money too, even after insurance paid. Now, I wish I had just let things go and died, looks like I will anyway from this and I could have saved myself a lot of grief. But, I thought my life was worthwhile and so I went forward in search of treatment. No answers and much money later I'm basically bankrupt, tho I can't claim the med bills in a bankruptcy. So that means I can't make my rent payment which means I will probably loose my job for sure and have a hard time getting another one when I'm homeless. I'm 61 and have worked since I was 15.

    For all of you making light of this, all I can say is there are a lot of folks serously hurting out here but I guess you think that is funny somehow? If you don't like "obamacare" then would you PLEASE make a viable suggestion instead of poking fun at folks that are in really bad spots even though they have worked, tried to be good citizens, and still got sick. You folks seem to think that illness is a crime. Hope you never have to endure what I have, even though some of you probably deserve to do so.

    September 20, 2010 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Craig T

    It is hard to believe that the most powerful nation on earth doesn't have a single payer national health care system. I'm fortunately a Canadian, while our system is not perfect and some procedures require a waiting period to get treatment we don't end up bankrupt because of health issues and never need to make choice between cost of medical treatment or a roof over our heads. Obama unfortunately has not even scratched the surface in getting the American people universal health care and forcing people to buy health care with a large deductible is not going to cure what is wrong with a medical system that puts profit ahead of personal health and security. Everything Obama has tried to do will be undone after November, if anyone wants to understand how our system came to be look up Tommy Douglas, he is called the father of medicare in Canada, as your neighbour and friend my best suggestion is to continue the fight for universal health care.

    September 20, 2010 at 21:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thoomas

      You are absolutely right. Greedy hospitals and doctors need to be reigned in; costs have to be capped. It's time the US government stops these doctors and hospitals from holding a knife to Americans throats. As an American living in Italy I have guaranteed health care and I don't pay insurance, it comes out of my taxes. Health care costs are reasonable guaranteeing doctors an excellent income but are not inflated. Is it perfect, no. But like in Canada, people are not denied care and don't have to choose between a roof over their heads or getting heath care. Greedy hospitals and doctors need to be reigned in; costs have to be capped. It's time the US government stops these doctors and hospitals from holding a knife to Americans throats.

      September 23, 2010 at 00:50 | Report abuse |
  18. razzlea

    Its sad how its a menopoly now the human life isnt worth much here.http://razzlea.blogspot.com/

    December 16, 2010 at 11:40 | Report abuse | Reply
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