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April 2004, Heather Boushey, Joseph Wright, and Mayra Murray Díaz

Americans are less likely to be covered by health insurance today than just 5 years ago.  While the decrease began during the economic contraction of the late 1990's, new research by CEPR indicates that the trend continues during the recovery.  Cutbacks in employer-provided health insurance have disproportionately affected coverage for children, young adults, low-wage workers and Latinos.  CEPR's in-depth analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data uncovers disturbing demographic trends, discusses major causes of the problem, and evaluates the various policy solutions offered by Congress and major party presidential candidates.

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