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Uninsured/Underinsured

Based on 2009 data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, Missouri has almost three-quarters of a million uninsured adults. Of the 739,000 uninsured adults in Missouri which is 12.9% of the state's population. Eighty percent of those live in a household where at least one person is currently in the workforce.

Missouri is doing better in covering children, largely due to the expansion of the MO SCHIP program, which covers children up to 300% of Federal Poverty Level. The U.S. Census Bureau states that around 7% or 96,000 of Missouri's children are uninsured. When compared to the U.S. average of almost 10% of children being uninsured, Missouri is better poised to deal with this problem.

The Center for Health Policy, which did work on this topic through a Missouri State Planning Grant, is committed to seeing more people obtain and keep their own health coverage. Through the Center's continued dedication to decreasing low health literacy in the state, increasing health equity, testing the Missouri Telehealth Network, and analysis of MoHealthNet's claims data, these gaps can be bridged to enhance the health of all Missourians.

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