-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- About 9.3 million American
adults lost health insurance coverage due to higher unemployment
rates in the 2007-2009 recession, nine times more than in the 2001
recession, according to a new study.
It also found that 4.2 million children under age 18 gained
health insurance coverage during the recent recession, which
indicates that government health insurance programs work as
intended as part of the social safety net, said the researchers at
Cornell, Indiana and Carnegie Mellon universities.
As more parents lose jobs and income, more children qualify for
coverage through Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance
Programs, the researchers explained in a Cornell news release.
The study found that men were much more likely than women to
lose insurance coverage due to the higher unemployment rate (7.1
million men vs. 2.2 million women), and the impact was greatest
among men who were white, older and well educated.
Among men, a 1 percent increase in the unemployment rate was
associated with a 1.67 percent decrease in the likelihood of having
Even men who kept their jobs were less likely to have insurance,
likely because employers dropped coverage, cut workers' hours until
they no longer qualified for insurance or increased employee
premium contributions to the point that workers couldn't afford
Among children under age 18, however, a 1 percent increase in
the unemployment rate was associated with a 1.37 percent increase
in the likelihood of having insurance.
The study was published online by the National Bureau of
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has more
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