Uninsured rates dip slightly

September 2, 2008

Health plan executives are encouraged by the decline, noting that public and private stakeholders have had a hand in devising ways to improve the widespread problem of Americans lacking coverage

The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that the number of people without health insurance dropped by more than 1 million in 2007, the first annual decline in eight years. The report states 45.7 million people—15.3% of the population—were uninsured in 2007, down from 47 million in 2006.

Health plan executives are encouraged by the decline, noting that public and private stakeholders have had a hand in devising ways to improve the widespread problem of Americans lacking coverage.

“This reflects the efforts of many, including the healthcare industry, to provide affordable options for uninsured and to increase awareness of government programs for those who are eligible, but not enrolled,” said Raj Bal, president, WellPoint Individual Business. “But we cannot sit back. We have to continue to work together to find solutions for those who remain uninsured.”

Bal says WellPoint will continue to advocate for responsible public policy reform and help develop affordable products offered by its affiliated health plans for the uninsured, individuals and small businesses.