KnoxViews has the breakdown of how much of the “middle-class” is currently uninsured. The numbers for Tennessee are alarming.
The report is being released during Cover the Uninsured Week (March 14-20), a campaign organized by RWJF to advocate for health coverage for all Americans.
In Tennessee, median household income declined 8.2% from 2000 to 2008 while employer provided insurance premiums went up 45.3% for individuals and 63.5% for family coverage.
The report also says 1.3 million Tennesseans (25.3% of the population) age 0 to 64 are on government provided health care such as TennCare, an increase of 3.5% since 2000. Another 859,000 (16.4% of the population) are uninsured, up 6.4% overall and up 10% among those with income less than 200% of poverty.
R. Neal has the report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.