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Study: Many vets go without health insurance

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WASHINGTON -  A study says about one of every eight American veterans under the age of 65 is uninsured. That's a finding that contradicts the assumption many have that all vets qualify for free health care through the Veterans Affairs Department.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School projected that about 1.8 million veterans overall lack health coverage. That's an increase of 290,000 since 2000. The researchers say most uninsured veterans are in the middle class and are ineligible for VA care because of their incomes. Still others cannot afford their copayments, or lack VA facilities in their community.

The researchers say veterans do fare better than the overall population when it comes to obtaining health insurance. The study is based on an analysis of government surveys released between 1988 and 2005.

Links:
American Journal of Public Health
American Legion

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