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Rise in Health Uninsured may be Linked to Immigrants' Fears

Experts say immigrants may be afraid to seek coverage because of the administration's policies. Experts say immigrants may be afraid to seek coverage because of the administration's policies.  |  Photo: WDIO

Associated Press
Created: September 15, 2019 12:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law.

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The new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump administration's immigration crackdown may be a more significant factor in the slippage.

Overall, the number of uninsured in the U.S. rose by 1.9 million people in 2018. An estimated 27.5 million people, or 8.5% of the population, lacked coverage. But the data showed that Hispanics were the only major racial and ethnic category with a significant increase in their uninsured rate.

Experts say immigrants may be afraid to seek coverage because of the administration's policies.

There was no significant change in health insurance for non-Hispanic whites, blacks and Asians

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