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Estimates of Number Uninsured Too High

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Sep• 10•07

A paper in Health Services Research by Davern et al. (2007) claims that the Current Population Survey (CPS) estimates overstate the true number of people uninsured.  The authors claims that the “…uninsured rate is approximately one percentage point higher than it should be for people under 65 (i.e., approximately 2.5 million more people are counted as uninsured…)”

Although this is an important finding, it will not likely change anyone’s policy prescriptions. There are still millions of uninsured regardless of whether or not the estimates are overstated and how (or if) this issue will be addressed is still a major policy issue.

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