Georgia 1 of 14 states with 20 percent of workers lacking insurance

By: ATLANTA (AP)
By: ATLANTA (AP)

A new study shows that Georgia is one of 14 states where 20 percent or more of the working age population doesn't have health insurance. The 14 states represents an increase from eight states where that was the case in the 1990s.

The study for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said that workers now are at significantly higher risk of being uninsured than in the 1990s. The study said that was the last time lawmakers attempted a health care overhaul.

In Georgia, 20.5 percent of workers are uninsured, up from 18.3 percent in the '90s.

According to the study, nearly 1 in 5 workers in the nation is uninsured, a statistically significant increase from fewer than 1 in 7 during the mid-1990s.

The study said the problem is cost, with total premiums for employer plans rising six to eight times faster than wages, depending on whether individual or family coverage is picked.


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