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Uninsured senior citizens at record high

March 15, 2012
The Maui Weekly

AARP - AARP's Public Policy Institute recently released a report stating that there are currently 19,200 adults between 50 and 64 living without insurance in the state. That equates to 7.9 percent of the age group.

In 2010, close to 20 percent of the population of Hawai'i fell into this age group--at 273,000. Hawai'i's employer-mandated coverage provides insurance for a majority of these numbers, but those that live without are exposed to the risk of financial troubles in the face of declining health.

"Going without health insurance is particularly risky for people age 50 to 64 because they're more susceptible to health issues such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, yet too young to qualify for Medicare," said AARP Hawai'i State Director Barbara Kim Stanton. "For older adults without health insurance, the challenges to both financial and health security can be significant."



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