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Uninsured Veterans and Family Members: Who are They and Where Do They Live?

February 11, 2013

Uninsured Veterans and Family Members: Who are They and Where Do They Live?
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

One in 10 of the nation’s 12.5 million nonelderly veterans report either not having health insurance coverage or using Veterans Affairs (VA) health care, according to the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS). This report, prepared by the Urban Institute and released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the first-ever to provide estimates of uninsurance among veterans and their families both nationally and at the state level, and to assess the potential for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to reduce their uninsurance rates.

Veterans are less likely than the rest of the nonelderly population to be uninsured. Both uninsured veterans and their family members report significantly less access to health care than their counterparts with insurance coverage.

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