Cover The Uninsured Week

Cover The Uninsured Week

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that about 75 million Americans under the age of 65 were uninsured at some point in 2001 and 2002, with nearly two-thirds of that number finding themselves uninsured for at least six months and a quarter remaining uninsured for the full two-year period. The release of the report, Going Without Health Insurance (57 pages, PDF), coincides with the start of Cover the Uninsured Week (March 10-16) — a national public-awareness campaign designed to call attention to the plight of the nation's uninsured through more than five hundred events hosted by communities across the country. The week-long campaign is just one component of the Cover the Uninsured initiative, a partnership of sixteen major national organizations and three health foundations — the California Endowment, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and RWJF — that are working to educate the public and national leaders about the growing problem of the uninsured in America.