home
RSS
Advocacy group: 26,000 die prematurely without health insurance
June 20th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Advocacy group: 26,000 die prematurely without health insurance

A national health care consumer advocacy group estimates that three Americans die every hour as a result of not having health insurance.  

According to "Dying for Coverage," the latest report by Families USA, 72 Americans die each day, 500 Americans die every week and approximately Americans 2,175 die each month, due to lack of health insurance.

"The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress to address an American tragedy and an American shame," said Ron Pollack, Executive Director Families USA. "The fact remains that for the millions of Americans without health coverage, only the Affordable Care offers the promise of access to affordable coverage and to a longer and healthier life." 

Families USA has been a staunch supporter of President Obama's health care reform law.

The report found that the reasons for being uninsured varied, but many of those without health insurance had coverage denied because of pre-existing conditions.  Others have been priced out of the market on the heels of a failing economy - a time when keeping their homes and feeding their families took precedence over holding on to insurance in the face of rising premiums. And some lost their benefits when employers stopped providing coverage.

According to Families USA between 2005 and 2010, premature deaths rose from 20,350 to 26,100.  The total number during that time was 134,120.  Each state is affected, the organization said. Vermont had the fewest deaths with 28 while California had the most - 3,164, according to this report.

The method used to determine how many lives were lost was based on a model developed by the Institute of Medicine in 2002 for their report "Care without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late."  In that report, the IOM found 18,000 adults between 25 and 64 died in 2000 because they didn't have health insurance. 

"For almost 50 million Americans, not having health insurance isn't trivial, or just an inconvenience or a minor budget challenge." Pollack said. "Because of the way we currently provide and charge for health care, many millions of Americans without health coverage are denied regular access to quality care, and many of these people face an unjust sentence of a less healthy life and an earlier death."

Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association that represents the insurance industry said the rising cost of care needs to be addressed.  

"Health plans have long supported reforms to give all Americans the peace of mind and financial security that health care coverage provides. The nation must also address the soaring cost of medical care that is adding a financial burden on families and employers and threatening the long-term sustainability of our vital safety net programs."

But Families USA says the current delivery system is stacked against those without insurance. They pay more for care because they can't negotiate discounted prices on doctor and hospital charges like insurance companies can.  As a result they often don't get preventative care and forgo or delay screenings and necessary medical care.

The report further states that in the past 2 years, uninsured women older than 50 were half as likely as insured women to get mammograms.  Low-income uninsured adults were 5 times less likely to get screened for colon cancer in the past 5 years compared to insured adults.  Cancer patients without insurance are five times more likely to delay or even skip treatment because of the cost.  

In addition, uninsured adults are more often diagnosed with advanced stage disease and they are 25% more likely to die prematurely than those with private insurance.

"The Affordable Care Act lets us wake up from this terrible health care nightmare of premature death," Pollack said. "Wiping out health reform means the nightmare will continue for all Americans."

Forty year old Regina Holliday says having care is a game changer.  She and her husband Frederick were married for almost 16 years.  During most of that time they had no health insurance even though both worked multiple jobs-most of them part time. They had two small children and paid all their medical bills out of pocket.

“Two adults with 2 children and 6 jobs and we couldn’t afford health insurance between the two of us living in D.C.” Regina said. “We didn’t go to the doctor until we were really, really, really sick-couldn’t get out of bed sick.”

Frederick, a college professor, had a urinary tract stricture – a pre-existing condition and yet another barrier to finding affordable coverage.  “Rent and food was just pretty much all of our money every month so when we looked at policies with pre-existing conditions we couldn’t afford that,” said Regina.

In 2008 she got a fulltime job that paid for health insurance but they could not afford the family coverage so only Regina had health care.  Soon thereafter Fred found a full time job teaching. For the first time in years the entire family had coverage. It was around that time that Frederick began to get sick.

He was always tired, lost weight, was in pain. After numerous tests and scans Frederick was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. It had metastasized to his stomach, bones, and lungs. He died several months later at the age of 39.

“I believe that if my husband had consistent health care during his adult life he would still be alive today,” Regina told CNN. “Today, I’m a member of Kaiser Permanente and I see how true preventative care works-annual physicals, paying attention to medical records, charting how you’re doing year to year. If anyone had ever done that for my husband there’s a very good chance he’d be alive today.”

The method used to determine how many lives were lost was based on a model developed by the Institute of Medicine in 2002 for their report "Care without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late."  In that report, the IOM found 18,000 adults between 25 and 64 died in 2000 because they didn't have health insurance. 

Pollack says if the Affordable Health Care Act stays intact and goes into effect fully in 2014, millions of American will be eligible for help covering costs and insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions or charge them higher premiums.


soundoff (650 Responses)
  1. cyclosporine

    buy cyclosporine cyclosporine lab tube

    May 21, 2021 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Cristie Fermin

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://digitalnarratives.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html

    May 23, 2021 at 03:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. brimonidine

    buy combigan online brimonidine eye drops

    May 23, 2021 at 21:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tausAffessy

    https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ tadalafil https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ – cost tadalafil generic side effects for tadalafil

    May 23, 2021 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Unitmerienepeft

    https://cttadalafil.com/ tadalafil liquid https://cttadalafil.com/ – tadalafil generic where to buy tadalafil side effects

    May 24, 2021 at 05:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Tritreviewifind

    lowest price cialis tadalafil drug tadalafil cost in canada https://tadagatadalafil.com/

    May 24, 2021 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Soosteemocush

    cialis tadalafil https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ – buy generic cialis online with mastercard tadalafil daily online where to buy generic cialis online safely tadalafil order online no prescription

    May 24, 2021 at 13:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. brimonidine

    combigan side effects brimonidine dosage

    May 24, 2021 at 15:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. cyclomune

    buy cyclomune uk cyclomune 0.1% eye drops

    May 24, 2021 at 16:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. AdamSusic

    I'm looking for some really good business blogs to add to my google reader that are worthwhile following on an ongoing basis. Can you make and recommendations? I have Seth Godin's already. Thanks!. . It would also be helpful if you told me why you liked these blogs..

    https://catchthemes.com/support-forum/users/quisko/

    May 24, 2021 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. QuizzesSusic

    What are the most effective WordPress plugins to attract the most relevant traffic, the most relevant traffic and maximize website sales?. . I am thinking maybe:. 1. RSS feed plugins, . 2. Cost Per Action (CPA) plugins or code snippets, . 3. Affiliate plugins and/or links. . Can you provide links to the tools that you think are the best, and let me know why you think they are the best?.

    http://localendar.com/event?DAM=PublishedEvent&m=607440&event_id=2&calendar_id=607440&more_info=N&export_date=May2005,202021&category=1

    May 24, 2021 at 18:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. MargaretErich

    I have been told to improve your creative writing you need to read a lot.. What great classic books, can I read (from any period or country) that will improve my writing.. Genre is unimportant, though I am not writing for children.. I said classic, I read science fiction/recent literature as entertainment. But to improve the quality of writing, read the masters. Can any one write a list of great writers to read..

    https://catchthemes.com/support-forum/users/quisko/

    May 24, 2021 at 18:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. tausAffessy

    buy cialis https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ buy tadalis cheap cialis pills for sale tadalafil dosage

    May 24, 2021 at 22:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. tausAffessy

    https://cttadalafil.com/ buy tadalafil https://tadalafilol.com/ – buy cialis pills cialis cost

    May 25, 2021 at 05:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Tritreviewifind

    where to get tadalafil https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ – side effects for tadalafil tadalafil drug tadalafil generic https://tadalafilol.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Soosteemocush

    https://tadalafilww.com/ tadalafil https://tadagatadalafil.com/ – cialis tadalafil generic tadalafil from uk

    May 25, 2021 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Tritreviewifind

    cialis without a prescription https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – buy tadalafil cost of cialis tadalafil online with out prescription where to buy tadalafil on line

    May 25, 2021 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Soosteemocush

    buy cialis pills https://cttadalafil.com/ tadalafil price walmart tadalafil daily online generic cialis online fast shipping

    May 25, 2021 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. tausAffessy

    where to buy tadalafil on line tadalafil liquid tadalafil daily online tadalafil price walmart https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – cialis without prescription

    May 25, 2021 at 16:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. avana

    avanafil dose avanafil dosage

    May 26, 2021 at 09:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Soosteemocush

    cheap cialis pills for sale https://tadagatadalafil.com/ – cialis without prescription generic cialis online fast shipping where to get tadalafil https://tadalafilol.com/

    May 26, 2021 at 10:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. tausAffessy

    https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ tadalafil goodrx https://tadalafilww.com/ – side effects for tadalafil buy cialis

    May 26, 2021 at 10:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Tritreviewifind

    https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ tadalafil generic https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – what is tadalafil generic cialis online fast shipping

    May 26, 2021 at 16:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. brimonidine

    buy combigan brimonidine eye drops

    May 26, 2021 at 17:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Tritreviewifind

    https://tadagatadalafil.com/ tadalafil online with out prescription canada generic tadalafil cialis cost where to order tadalafil tablets

    May 26, 2021 at 19:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. tausAffessy

    https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ cheap generic cialis for sale buy tadalafil buy cialis pills tadalafil liquid

    May 26, 2021 at 22:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Soosteemocush

    buy cialis tadalafil generic where to buy side effects of tadalafil side effects of tadalafil https://tadalafilww.com/

    May 27, 2021 at 03:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Unitmerienepeft

    cialis tadalafil https://tadagatadalafil.com/ – best price usa tadalafil canada generic tadalafil where to get tadalafil https://tadacipetadalafil.com/

    May 27, 2021 at 09:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Ricky Mozzone

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/09/latest-book-in-our-series-learning.html?showComment=1463474790962

    May 28, 2021 at 04:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Wilhelmina Paule

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2006/04/friend-or-flaneur.html?showComment=1144157340000&m=0

    May 29, 2021 at 04:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Read This

    Thank you so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily special opportunity to read critical reviews from this site. It's always very enjoyable and jam-packed with amusement for me and my office colleagues to search your web site a minimum of thrice in a week to see the newest tips you have. And definitely, we are at all times amazed with all the wonderful tactics you give. Selected 1 areas in this post are particularly the finest we have all had.

    http://www.dellemimose.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=917930

    May 29, 2021 at 15:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Abe Keaveny

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

    http://razakam.blogspot.com/2009/06/dilemma-fat-vs-fun.html

    May 30, 2021 at 05:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Coleman Yorks

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

    http://razakam.blogspot.com/2009/06/in-turbulent-times-hidden-message-for.html

    May 31, 2021 at 03:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Maurice Zuckerwar

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2003/07/i-mode-im-motorola-is-certainly.html

    June 2, 2021 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. sildenafil versus tadalafil

    tadalafil peptide buy tadalafil powder tadalafil online with out prescription

    June 3, 2021 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. buy cialis pills

    tadalafil cost walmart cialis without a doctor prescription tadalafil from india reviews

    June 3, 2021 at 22:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Read More

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I'll definitely be back.

    https://myspace.com/mcbridewhita

    June 4, 2021 at 00:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. evolution peptides tadalafil

    tadalafil drug tadalafil from india reviews tadalafil cvs

    June 4, 2021 at 01:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Leonor Frisch

    You can use it in this market.

    https://www.coastalpropertiesmallorca.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/b5m4ah1crhilfpd.html

    June 4, 2021 at 03:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. best research tadalafil

    vidalista tadalafil reviews buy tadalafil cialis tadalafil

    June 4, 2021 at 03:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. cialis generic

    c-tadalafil cialis 20 mg tadalafil uses

    June 4, 2021 at 09:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. tadalafil liquid

    define troche tadalafil order online no prescription tadalafill

    June 4, 2021 at 15:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. aiRJLa

    573619 285896Sounds like some thing lots of baby boomers ought to study. The feelings of neglect are there in numerous levels when a single is over the hill. 158697

    June 5, 2021 at 03:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. cost of cialis

    tadalafila 5mg tadalafil order online no prescription define troche

    June 5, 2021 at 11:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Domenic Dicorcia

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 6, 2021 at 02:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. lowest price cialis

    vivida tablets where to order tadalafil tablets snafi

    June 6, 2021 at 04:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. chloroquine malaria

    what is hydrochloroquine chloroquine phosphate brand name hydroxychlorequine

    June 6, 2021 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. france soir

    heart rate watch walmart hctz hydrochlorothiazide chloroquine phosphate side effects

    June 6, 2021 at 18:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. buy chloroquine

    difference between chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine chloroquine hcl malaria drug hydroxychloroquine

    June 6, 2021 at 19:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Tisha Broda

    Annual equipment has been tested in 1608Apollo 11 plays an important role in human history and in the first month.

    http://www.studio-mad.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Replica-Bell-Ross-China-Free-Shipping-From-Store-Will-Pawn-Shops-Buy.html

    June 6, 2021 at 23:47 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Leave a Reply to MargaretErich


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.