Saturday, September 4, 2004

The following is the Cover The Uninsured Week News Digest for the week of August 23, 2004.

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News Summaries
A Weekly Digest of News on the Uninsured

News & Opinion

Employment Slump Linked to High Health Insurance Costs
Businesses cannot afford to hire workers and pay benefits

Source(s): Eduardo Porter, The New York Times (Aug. 19)

Young and Entrepreneurial Are Opting out of Health Insurance in a Dangerous Gamble
54.8 million working Americans lacked coverage for at least part of 2002 and 2003

Source(s): Daffodil J. Altan, The Los Angeles Times (Aug. 16); Jim Hopkins, USA Today (Aug. 22)

ER Closures in Los Angeles County Portend Graver Problems
Influx of uninsured blamed for expected chain reaction of closures

Source(s): Jason Felch, The Los Angeles Times (Aug. 20); Jason Felch, The Los Angeles Times (Aug. 24)

Increasingly Popular Consumer-Directed Medical Plans Have Both Pros and Cons
Patients may ignore chronic conditions and preventive care to save money

Source(s): Shari Roan, The Los Angeles Times (Aug. 16); Diane Stafford, Kansas City Star (Aug. 20)

McDonald's Leads Fight Against California Insurance Mandate
Measure has broad voter support despite business opposition

Source(s): Rob Kaiser, Chicago Tribune (Aug. 19)

Maryland County Strives for Universal Coverage
County clinics already serve ten percent of uninsured adults

Source(s): Cameron W. Barr, The Washington Post (Aug. 24)

Texas Governor Boosts CHIP Funding
Also delays cutting off families behind in payment

Source(s): Associated Press (Aug. 12); Janet Elliott, The Houston Chronicle (Aug. 17)

OPINION: Editorial Commends Easing of Texas CHIP Rules
Getting more kids enrolled will save money and should be the goal

Source(s): San Antonio Express-News (Aug. 20)

2004 Election Coverage
This section of the Covering the Uninsured News provides updates on the uninsured as a campaign issue for 2004.

Health Care Ranks Fourth in Voter Concern, Poll Shows
Voters call it an important issue

Source(s): Michelle Ahn, Newsday (Aug. 19)

Washington Post Article Finds Flaws in Bush's Plan to Cover 10 Million Uninsured
Proposals are more likely to lead to coverage for 2 to 6 million

Source(s): Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post (Aug. 22)


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